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					             MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL


         2012 ATTENDANCE ANALYSIS




Compiled and Written by David P. Kronheim
d.kronheim@verizon.net

© 2013
2012 MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ATTENDANCE

                                             TABLE OF CONTENTS
                                                                                                         Pages
Summary of 2012 Minor League Baseball Attendance                                                          2-4
How Data Was Compiled. List of Sources. How Baseball’s Minor Leagues are Organized…..…………...              5-6

NAPBL and Independent Leagues Overview………………………………………………………………..……..                                       7
Effect of Weather on Attendance. Number of Playing Dates by Season………………………………………                          8

Playoff and All Star Game Attendance. Biggest Gains and Declines in 2012 by Classification………….…          9
Number of Teams with Attendance Increases. TV Markets…………………………………………………….                                10

Small Changes in Team Attendance. Average Attendance per Date…….……………………………………                           11-13
Teams with the Biggest Gains and Declines in 2012……………………………………………………………..                                14

New Markets, New Ballparks, and ‘Same Ballpark’ Attendance Growth………………………………………..                        15
2012 Individual Team Attendance Growth Compared with 2002, 1992, and 1982…………………………….                    16-18

Minor League Baseball in Major League Markets…………………………………………………………………                                   19-20

NAPBL Annual Total Attendance (1946-2012), Yearly Number of Teams, Average Attendance per Team..          21

2012 NAPBL Minor League Attendance Highlights………………………………………………………………..                                   22

Annual NAPBL Full-Season and Short-Season Team Attendance Leaders 1940-2012……………………..                    23-24

NAPBL Total Attendance Highs and Lows…………………….…………………………………………………..                                       25

NAPBL INDIVIDUAL LEAGUE AND TEAM HIGHLIGHTS

Class AAA - International, Pacific Coast, and Mexican Leagues……………….……………..…………………                       26-29
Class AA – Eastern, Texas, and, Southern Leagues………………………… …………………………………..                               30-32

Class A Full-Season - California, Carolina, Florida State, Midwest, and South Atlantic Leagues…..………..   33-38
Class A Short-Season, and Rookie – Northwest, New York-Penn, Appalachian, and Pioneer Leagues……          38-40

NAPBL Individual Teams – 2012 Attendance, Average per Date, Changes vs. 2011…………………………                   41-45
NAPBL and Independent Leagues – 2012 Total and Average per Date Attendance, Changes vs. 2011…..           46

INDEPENDENT INDIVIDUAL LEAGUE AND TEAM HIGHLIGHTS

Independent Leagues Overview, Yearly Attendance and Team Leaders…….…………………………………                         47-48

Atlantic, North American, American Association, Pecos, Can-Am, Frontier, and Freedom Leagues………..        49-53

Independent League Individual Teams – 2012 Attendance, Average per Date, Changes vs. 2011…………            54-55

Single Season Attendance Highs for all NAPBL and Independent Teams……………………………………..                       56-61

Minor League and Major League Attendance Growth - 2012 vs. 1999, 1989, 1979, 1969.….……….……..             62-68
Minor league Attendance Growth vs. Other Sports……………………………………………………………….                                 69-70

New Ballparks. Minor League Baseball Attendance Compared to Minor League Hockey Attendance……              71

Minor League Attendance Records in Cities that Later Joined the Major Leagues……………………………                  72

1949 - Minor League Baseball’s Best Attendance Year until 1999 (all leagues) and until 2004 (NAPBL)….    73-76
1961 and 1962 - Minor League Attendance Reaches a Low Point………..……………………………………..                         77-79

Minor League Attendance Recovers in a Big Way, College Baseball Attendance, Just For Fun Stats……..        80
               2012 MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ATTENDANCE

This report is an analysis of Minor League Baseball attendance for the 2012 season. Features include:

            A summary of 2012 Minor League Baseball attendance highlights.

            Attendance notes for each league and for individual teams.

            Listing of 2012 total attendance and per-game average attendance for every league and team.

            A comparison of 2012 vs. 2011 total attendance. A table shows attendance increases and
             decreases for all leagues and teams. It also notes the year nearly all current Minor League
             ballparks opened.

            A list of teams with the biggest gains and worst declines in attendance in 2012.

            A feature on the growth of Minor League Baseball in Major League Baseball markets.

            A section about the tremendous increase in Minor League Baseball attendance over the past 43
             years. Tables show how league attendance has grown vs. 1999, 1989, 1979, and 1969. There
             is also a comparison of Minor League attendance growth with attendance gains for other sports.

            A comparison of individual team attendance in 2012 with attendance in 2002, 1992, and 1982.

            2012 Playoff and All-Star Game attendance.

            A look back at 1949, when Minor League attendance was a then-record-high 39,640,443. That
             record was not broken until 1999 (for the combined total of NAPBL and Independent leagues), and
             2004, just for NAPBL teams. There were many more teams and leagues in 1949 than now. This
             section lists attendance for each 1949 league, and also lists the individual teams with the highest
             and the lowest attendance in each league. It also notes attendance in cities which had Minor
             League teams in 1949, but now are in the Major Leagues.

            A look back at 1961, when Minor League average attendance per team reached its lowest post
             World War II low, and at 1962, when total attendance was at its post-war low.

            A yearly listing of teams leading the NAPBL Minor Leagues in attendance, which includes the full-
             season and short-season leaders, going back to 1940.

            Yearly total independent leagues attendance since 1993, along with team leaders.

            A listing of each current Minor League market’s record-high attendance.

            A table of record-high Minor League attendance in cities that later joined the Major Leagues.



                              NOTE TO LEAGUES, TEAMS, AND MEDIA

You can download this report, and the 2012 Major League Baseball Attendance Analysis, in PDF form,
at numbertamer.com. Go to the website’s ‘Baseball Reports’ page for the PDF links to each report.

Permission is granted for you to copy, distribute, publish, and use any of the material, including tables,
appearing in these attendance analyses. Credit to numbertamer.com would be appreciated. Please
contact David Kronheim (d.kronheim@verizon.net) if you have any questions about these reports.
Comments, corrections and suggestions are always welcome. Note that these reports are copyrighted.
2012 MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ATTENDANCE                                                                    Page 2

SUMMARY OF 2012 MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ATTENDANCE

      Combined NAPBL – known as ‘Minor League Baseball’ (Major League affiliated leagues) and independent
       leagues regular season attendance was 48,408,316 in 2012, up 325,486 (0.7%) from 2011. This was the first
       increase since 2008. Combined attendance fell 2.9% in 2011, 0.1% in 2010, and 3.8% in 2009.

      The 204 post-season NAPBL games drew 666,348, an average of 3,266 per game. Attendance data was
       available for 46 independent league post-season games, and they drew 110,241, an average of 2,397.
       10 NAPBL All-Star games drew a combined 92,930.

      In 2012, there were 2 more NAPBL teams, and the same number of independent league teams who reported
       attendance, as in 2011. These teams had 188 more playing dates overall in 2012. NAPBL leagues had a
       combined 167 more dates, and the independent leagues had a combined 21 more dates in 2012 than in 2011.
       Figures exclude the Freedom Baseball League which played 83 dates, but did not report attendance.

      Combined 2012 NAPBL/Independent average attendance per date was 3,710, down 29 from 2011.

      The 15 NAPBL Leagues that charge admission to their games drew 41,280,382, which is a gain of 28,329
       (0.1%) from 2011. The 2 additional teams in 2012 (Aguascalientes and Carmen of the Mexican League) drew
       a combined 386,557. The other 174 teams actually had a combined decrease of 358,228. These 15 leagues
       averaged 3,967 per date, down 62 from 2011.

      The 55 teams in the 6 independent leagues that reported attendance drew 7,127,934, up 297,157 (4.4%) from
       2011. Their average per date rose by 92 to 2,697.

      The increase in overall Minor League attendance is impressive when taking into account the improving, but still
       sluggish, economy. Some very hot weather certainly cut crowds for part of the summer in many places, even
       though the number of dates played was up.


‘MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL’ (Major League Affiliated Leagues – Formerly NAPBL)

      In the recent past, attendance was helped by team relocations and new ballparks. But only one completely
       new park (in Pensacola) opened in 2012, and there were only 2 net team moves. Carolina (Zebulon, NC) of
       the Southern League moved to Pensacola. Kinston of the Carolina League replaced the team in Carolina, so
       the net move was Kinston to Pensacola. Casper of the Pioneer League moved to Grand Junction. Due to a
       complete reconstruction of their park, Scranton-Wilkes Barre of the International League played their home
       games in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Pawtucket, Lehigh Valley, and Batavia.

      5 NAPBL leagues had increases in total attendance in 2012. The Mexican League posted the best total and
       percentage increases, up 492,319 (14.8%), as they added 2 teams in 2012. If you compare only the 14
       Mexican League teams that operated in both 2012 and 2011, their gain in total attendance is 105,762. The
       Midwest League had a 101,061 increase. Pioneer League attendance rose 3.6%, and their gain of 88 in
       average per date was the best among all MLB affiliated leagues. The Carolina and Appalachian Leagues
       were the only other NAPBL leagues to have an increase in average per date.

      The Carolina League set new highs for total attendance and average per date. Total attendance rose 87,450,
       a gain of 4.9%. Average per date was up 74 to a record-high 3,522.

      International League total attendance declined 159,620, the worst drop in total attendance of any NAPBL
       league. The Florida State League had the largest percentage dip in total attendance, down 6.3%, with 27
       fewer dates played in 2012 than in 2011.

      The International League also had the biggest decrease in average per date, down 257. Mexican League
       average per date was down 226.

      171 NAPBL teams played in the same market in 2012 as in 2011. Total attendance rose for 67 teams in 2012,
       and fell for 104 teams. 87 teams increased their total attendance in 2011, while 86 teams had declines. 83
       teams had gains in 2010, with 90 showing a decline. In 2009, just 57 teams had gains while 114 were down.
2012 MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ATTENDANCE                                                                     Page 3

SUMMARY OF 2012 MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ATTENDANCE

     In average attendance per date, 65 teams achieved increases, and 106 teams posted declines in 2012.
      96 teams had increases in 2011, while 77 were down. 64 teams had average per date increases in 2010,
      while 109 were down. 63 teams had gains in 2009. These figures only include teams that played in the
      same city for both years compared. For 2012, the Carolina Mudcats are included even though that location
      had a Southern League team in 2011 and a Carolina League team in 2012.

     8 NAPBL teams had their highest total attendance ever in 2012. Tri-City (Troy, NY) of the New York-Penn
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      League had its 9 straight record-high. The other record setters were Clearwater, Veracruz, Missoula,
      Pensacola, Tri-City (Pasco, WA) of the Northwest League, and Visalia. Vancouver set a record for a short-
      season team in that city.

     The Monterrey Sultanes of the Mexican League drew 645,302, an average of 11,321 per date. Both of
      those figures were the best in all of Minor League Baseball in 2012.

     Lehigh Valley (Allentown, PA) led all U.S./Canadian teams in total attendance (622,421) and average per date
      (9,153). The IronPigs drew above their ballpark’s seating capacity 59 times, and sold out all seats, lawn
      seating, and standing room for 15 dates. They were also the ‘visiting team’ in their ballpark for 8 dates vs. the
      wandering Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees. Those 8 dates drew 66,400, an above seating capacity average
      of 8,300 per date. Lehigh Valley is the only team to draw more than 600,000 in each of the last 5 seasons.

     Columbus, OH also topped 600,000. 11 other teams surpassed 500,000, including Sacramento, which led the
      Minors in attendance 9 times in the 11 years from 2000 through 2010.

     55 teams drew more than 300,000, including all 8 teams in the Texas League.
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     Frisco led Class AA for the 8 consecutive season. But 2012 was the first time in team history that the
      RoughRiders failed to reach 500,000.
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     Dayton drew 588,689, to lead Class A for the 13 year in a row. The Dragons have sold out all 913
      games in their 13 year history (includes playoff games and an All-Star Game). This is the longest
      sellout streak in North American sports history. In 2011, the Dragons broke the old consecutive
      sellouts record of 814 by the NBA Portland Trail Blazers, set from 1977 to 1995.
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     Brooklyn had the highest attendance (249,009) among short-season teams for the 12 straight year.
      Aberdeen was the other short-season team to top 200,000.

     Monterrey of the Mexican League (up 214,882), Salt Lake (up 77,864), and South Bend (up 76,780) had the
      best gains in total attendance. 5 of the 10 teams with the largest total attendance increases for 2012 play in
      the Mexican League. Hudson Valley, up 12,568 had the best increase among short-season teams.

     Monterrey, up 2,881, South Bend, up 985, and Salt Lake, up 724, had the best average per date increases.
      Tabasco, Jackson, TN, and Veracruz also saw average per date rise by over 400. Burlington, NC of the
      Appalachian League gained 179, best among all short-season teams.

     Mexico City had the biggest total decline among NAPBL teams, down 84,732. Mobile was down 77,894.
      Among short-season teams, Staten Island had the largest loss, down 51,405.

     Staten Island also had the largest average per date decline – 1,949. Mexico City was down 1,843. Yucatan,
      Laguna, and Puebla all saw average per date down over 1,000. Among U.S. full-season teams, Mobile, down
      945 and Birmingham, down 843, had the worst losses.

     All Class AAA teams drew at least 200,000. Tucson had the lowest total. This team is expected to move to
      El Paso by 2014 or 2015. Huntsville still had the lowest total in Class AA, but attendance there was up nearly
      40% from 2011. Bakersfield posted the smallest full-season Class A total once again. But they hope to get a
      new ballpark in 2014. Bristol had the lowest short-season total.
2012 MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ATTENDANCE                                                                    Page 4

SUMMARY OF 2012 MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ATTENDANCE - INDEPENDENT MINOR LEAGUES

     All 6 independent leagues that operated in 2011 returned in 2012. Teams in the American Association and
      Can-Am League played each other, as these leagues had an uneven number of teams. 55 teams reported
      attendance in 2012, the same number as in 2011. The Freedom Pro Baseball League, based in Arizona, had
      its first season in 2012. Attendance figures for that league are not available, but its crowds were quite small.

     Independent leagues attendance was 7,127,934 in 2012, up 297,157 (4.4%). Combined average per date
      rose 92 to 2,697. 4 of the 6 leagues had gains in total attendance, and 4 leagues were up in average per date.

     20 of the 46 independent league teams playing in the same market (but not always in the same league) as in
      2011 had increases in total attendance in 2012. 17 of those teams posted gains in average per date. Just 12
      independent league teams playing in the same market as in 2010 had increases in total attendance in 2011,
      while 37 were down. 9 of those teams had gains in average per date and 40 had declines. 28 teams posted
      gains in total attendance in 2010, with 24 up in average per date. In 2009, just 16 of 55 independent teams
      had increases in total attendance, and 19 posted gains in average per date.

     The Atlantic League added one new team, and had the biggest gain, up 419,257 to a league record-high
      2,367,578. This is also the highest total attendance by any independent league since these types of leagues
      began operating in 1993. Average per date in this league rose 324 to a league record-high 4,409. The all-
      time independent league average per date record is 4,621, set by the now-defunct Northern League in 2008.

     The American Association added a new team, and drew a league record-high 2,244,238. Their average per
      date was up 360 to a league record 3,512.

     Frontier League total attendance rose 9.7% to a league record-high 1,548,970, as 2 teams were added.
      However, one of those new teams, the London (ONT) Rippers, became a road team after playing just 26
      home dates. Average per date for this league fell by 148.

     The Can-Am League had only 5 teams 2012, as Pittsfield and Brockton did not operate. Total attendance
      declined 21.1%, but average per date rose by 237.

     North American League total attendance dropped 34.7%, and average per date was down 610. This league
      had one less team that played home games than a year ago. The league disbanded after the season.

     The Pecos Baseball League had the lowest attendance for any league that reported it in 2012. However, the
      league’s total rose 37.0% and average per date was up 56 (27.9%) from 2011. Their ballparks are quite small,
      and the attendance figures they issue are for tickets actually used, and do not include ‘no-shows.’

     Sugar Land (near Houston) had the highest total attendance ever by a modern-day independent league
      team, drawing 465,511 in their first season in the Atlantic League. The old record was 443,142 by Long
      Island in 2001. Laredo and Rockland County also set new team highs in 2012.

     Sugar Land’s average per date of 6,650 was the best among independent teams in 2012. The all-time
      independent record average per date is 7,161, set by Winnipeg in 2003. Long Island, Somerset, Kansas City,
      Winnipeg, St. Paul, Lancaster, and York also averaged over 4,000.

     Long Island had the top independent attendance for 12 straight years (2000-2011), and they finished second to
      Sugar Land in 2012. Somerset and Lancaster were the other independent teams that topped 300,000. All 4
      of these teams play in the Atlantic League which has a much longer schedule than other independent leagues.
      Southern Maryland, York, Camden, Winnipeg, St. Paul, and Kansas City all drew more than 200,000.

     Sioux Falls, SD, up 53,992, had the best increase among independent teams. The Rockland Boulders were
      up 37,857, and River City had a gain of 36,028. Sioux Falls also had the best increase in average per date, up
      1,102. River City had a gain of 595, and Rockland was up 486. Southern Illinois had the worst decline in
      average per date, down 1,039. Fort Worth had a decline of 985, and Edinburg was down 561.

     The worst total attendance loss was by Southern Illinois of the Frontier League, down 51,640. Fort Worth,
      who moved from the American Association to the North American League, was down 50,424.
2012 MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ATTENDANCE                                                                       Page 5

SOURCES

         The Media Relations Department of Minor League Baseball (also known as the National Association of
Professional Baseball Leagues), provided attendance data for the developmental leagues of Major League Baseball
for the years 1994 through 2012. 1997-2012 independent league data is from each league’s official Website.
Information from individual teams sometimes came from that team’s Website. Major League attendance data is
from the Major League Baseball Information System.

       NAPBL data from years prior to 1994 is from The Sporting News Official Baseball Guides, (1949, 1961,
1969-1980, 1989-1993 seasons), the Website ‘thebaseballcube.com’ (1982-1988), the Encyclopedia of Minor League
Baseball, Third Edition (pre-1969 and 1980’s NAPBL), edited by Lloyd Johnson and Miles Wolff (2007 – Baseball
America), and from “Mud Hens and Mavericks” by Judith Blahnik and Phillip S. Schulz (1995 – Viking Penguin).

       Independent league data prior to 1997 came from the Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, and the
“Independent Baseball Page” Website.

       The Websites ‘oursportscentral.com,’ ‘baseballparks.com,’ ‘ballparkbiz.com,’ and ‘ballparkdigest.com,’ plus the
“Baseball America Directory,” were sources of some information about ballparks.

         Individual team attendance for the Mexican League was not available for the 1981 season. Hopefully, these
figures can be obtained in the future. If you can provide this data, it would be very much appreciated.

        The Website ‘archive.org’ posted the 1950 and 1962 Sporting News Baseball Guides online, from the
University of Florida library. This is how the league and team 1949 and 1961 attendance figures were obtained.

        The raw data was compiled and analyzed by David P. Kronheim, Director of Marketing Research for Number
Tamer, which is a marketing research service with clients in the sports industry. David has visited more than 120
Minor League stadiums over the past three decades.

        There is a small section on 2012 post-season and All-Star attendance. All other figures in this report are for
regular season games only, and exclude exhibition, All-Star, and post-season games, unless noted otherwise.

         With the exception of the Pecos League, baseball’s Minor Leagues follow the current policy of all North
American professional sports leagues, which is that official announced attendance is for tickets sold, not for actual in-
stadium attendance. It includes ‘no-shows,’ which are tickets sold, but not used. In addition, Minor League
announced attendance figures often include fans who are admitted to games for free. A ‘sellout’ usually means that all
fixed seats were sold-out for a particular game. Many ballparks have standing-room, or lawn seating tickets available,
and all those tickets don’t have to be sold for most teams to list a game as a ‘sellout.’ The independent Pecos
Baseball League estimates its attendance, and does not include ‘no-shows’ in their figures.


ATTENDANCE FOR 2010 AND 2012 WAS SLIGHTLY HIGHER THAN LISTED

        The actual 2012 and 2010 attendance for independent leagues was slightly higher than what is listed in this
report. In 2010, the Continental League was unable to finish its season due to financial problems, and no attendance
figures were compiled. It is doubtful that average attendance per date in that league was more than 200. Total
attendance for the Continental League in 2010 was probably no more than 17,000, and perhaps, considerably less.

        In 2012, the Freedom Pro Baseball League, with all 4 of its teams based in Arizona, played its first season.
No attendance figures were reported, but their attendance was estimated to be very low.

        Data for the Pecos Baseball League, which played its first season in 2011, was estimated by the league office.
Most of their box scores did not list attendance.


ATTENTION, ENGLISH TEACHERS:

       Team names in this report are spelled exactly as they appear in the Information Guide of Minor League
Baseball, and on the Websites of the independent leagues.
2012 MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ATTENDANCE                                                                     Page 6

“PRE-GAME WARM UP” - AN OVERVIEW OF HOW BASEBALL’S MINOR LEAGUES ARE ORGANIZED

       There are two types of ‘leagues’ in Minor League Baseball. The majority of them are affiliated with Major
League Baseball, as part of its player development program, or ‘farm system.’

NAPBL LEAGUES

         The National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues (NAPBL), also known as “Minor League Baseball,”
is the governing body of those minor leagues which are affiliated with Major League Baseball.

        These leagues are divided into five classifications: Class AAA (International and Pacific Coast Leagues);
Class AA (Eastern, Southern and Texas Leagues); full-season Class A (California, Carolina, Florida State, Midwest and
South Atlantic Leagues); short-season Class A (New York-Penn and Northwest Leagues); Rookie Class (Appalachian
and Pioneer Leagues). In addition, there is the Mexican League, which is a member of the NAPBL, but whose teams
are not affiliated with any Major League teams.

         Five additional Rookie Class leagues (Arizona, Gulf Coast, Dominican, Venezuelan, and Mexican Academy) do
not charge admission to their games, and are not included in this report. Also not included are the post-season Florida
Instructional and Arizona Fall Leagues.

       The Class AAA, AA, and full-season A teams play a 140-144 game season, starting in early April. Short-
season teams in the leagues that charge admission, play 68-76 games, beginning around mid-June. All these leagues
conclude their seasons with playoffs in early through mid-September. The Mexican League played a 113 game
schedule in 2012, starting in late March, and continuing through late July, with playoffs in August.

        Each Major League team is affiliated with one Class AAA team, one Class AA team, two full-season Class A
teams, and at least one short-season team in a league that charges admission. Some Major League teams have
more Minor League affiliates than others.


INDEPENDENT LEAGUES

          The independent leagues are not affiliated in any way with Major League Baseball. Their players, managers,
and coaches are under contract to their individual leagues or teams. (Uniformed personnel in NAPBL leagues, other
than the Mexican League, are under contract to their specific Major League parent teams.) Major League
organizations can, and often do, sign independent league players to contracts. Independent leagues were once the
rule in Minor League Baseball. But as the modern Major League farm systems developed, minor leagues began to
affiliate with Major League teams, and independent leagues pretty much disappeared.

        The current generation of independent leagues began in 1993 with the start of the Northern and the Frontier
Leagues. All independent leagues have been through major reorganizations, and in some cases, name changes.
The Can-Am League first played in 1995, as the Northeast League. The American Association is a combination of
former Northern League and Central League teams. The Central League began as the Texas-Louisiana League in
1994. Numerous other independent leagues were started. Some, such as the Heartland League and the Prairie
League, managed to last 3 seasons. Others were unable to survive even one full season.

       A significant reorganization of independent leagues took place in 2011. The Northern, Continental, United
Baseball, and Golden Baseball Leagues disbanded. Some teams from those leagues played in the new North
American and Pecos Baseball Leagues. Others moved into the Frontier League or the American Association.

         In 2012, the 7 independent leagues that operated were the American Association (100 game schedule),
Atlantic League (140 games), Can-Am League (100 games), Frontier League (96 games), North American League (up
to 96 games, but far fewer for some teams), Pecos Baseball League (68 games), and Freedom Pro Baseball League
(60 games).


       In order to avoid confusion, this report will refer to leagues affiliated with Major League Baseball, plus
the Mexican League, as “NAPBL Minor Leagues, or just NAPBL.” Attendance listings and individual league
analyses will be kept separate from the data of the independent leagues, unless otherwise noted.
2012 MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ATTENDANCE                                                                      Page 7

COMBINED NAPBL MINOR LEAGUES AND INDEPENDENT LEAGUES OVERVIEW

2 More Teams and 188 More Dates Result in an Attendance Increase for Baseball’s Minor Leagues in 2012

   In 2012, combined attendance for all of baseball’s minor leagues rose for the first time since 2008. This was
    mostly due to more games played, and 2 new teams in the Mexican League. One NAPBL team (Pensacola), and
    2 independent teams (Sugar Land and Laredo) got completely new ballparks. The 3 straight declines in combined
    attendance for Major League affiliated leagues (NAPBL) and independent leagues from 2009 through 2011
    followed 24 straight seasons of increases.

   Total attendance for all minor leagues rose 325,486 (0.7%) in 2012 to 48,408,316, with average attendance
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    per date down by 29. This total attendance figure is the 7 highest of all time. The comparison excludes the
    2012 Freedom Pro Baseball League, which did not report attendance. (It was very low.) In 2011, the combined
    NAPBL/Independent attendance fell 2.9%. It was down 0.1% in 2010, and it fell 3.8% in 2009.

   Total 2012 attendance for the 15 Major League affiliated (NAPBL) leagues was up 28,329 (0.1%) to
    41,280,382. But average attendance per date was down 62. 176 teams that charged admission operated in
    2012. 174 teams played in 2011. Total attendance in these leagues was down 0.4% in 2011, down 0.5% in 2010,
    and fell 3.7% in 2009. The last increase for the NAPBL until 2012 was in 2008, when it set its all time record-high.

   6 independent leagues, with 55 teams that reported attendance, drew 7,127,934 in 2012, up 297,157 (4.4%).
    Their average attendance per date rose by 92. This excludes the Freedom League. Independent leagues had a
    combined 15.7% decrease due to fewer teams in 2011, a 1.8% gain in 2010, and a combined 4.2% dip in 2009.

   Major League Baseball attendance rose 2.0% in 2012 and 0.5% in 2011, but fell 0.4% in 2010, and 6.6% in 2009.

   The Mexican League had 2 extra teams. Their total attendance rose 14.8%. But their average per date fell 226.
    Mexican League attendance was up 22.4% in 2011, but declined 11.8% in 2010, and 23.7% in 2009.

   If 2012 figures for the two Mexican League teams who didn’t play in 2011 are excluded, NAPBL total attendance
    actually fell 358,228 in 2012. NAPBL leagues had a combined 167 more dates in 2012 than in 2011. The 160
    U.S./Canadian NAPBL teams played a combined total of 22 more dates in 2012 than in 2011.

   Leagues and teams continued to set records in 2012. The Carolina League drew record-highs for total
    attendance and average per date. 4 individual full-season, and 4 short-season NAPBL teams had their
    best total attendance ever in 2012. More details about all the record-setters can be found in the league
    summaries. The independent American Association, the Atlantic League, and the Frontier League, also set
    record-highs in total attendance. In 2012, all 3 of these leagues added teams.


Combined NAPBL and independent league attendance had gone up for 24 straight years – 1985-2008!

        NAPBL attendance rose every year from 1985 through 1994. From 1995 through 2008, 3 years had small
declines in NAPBL attendance. But when attendance for independent leagues, the first of which began play in 1993,
gets added to the NAPBL figures for those years, the combined Minor League attendance shows an increase.
NAPBL Leagues, independent leagues, and combined Minor League attendance all were up in 2012.

                    COMBINED NAPBL AND INDEPENDENT LEAGUE ATTENDANCE SINCE 1993

1993 - 30,756,828            1998 - 39,294,427             2003 - 45,627,856             2008 - 51,576,409
1994 - 35,286,552            1999 - 40,051,268             2004 - 46,445,630             2009 - 49,609,703
1995 - 36,208,800            2000 - 43,229,652             2005 - 48,851,400             2010 - 49,537,502
1996 - 36,747,940            2001 - 44,805,778             2006 - 49,268,793             2011 - 48,082,830
1997 - 38,227,980            2002 - 45,049,213             2007 - 51,298,733             2012 - 48,408,316

        The record-high combined NAPBL Minor League and independent league regular season attendance was
51,576,409 in 2008. Also in 2008, the 176 NAPBL Minor League teams that charged admission set their record-high
of 43,263,740. The independent league record-high came in 2007, when 9 leagues, with 67 teams that played home
games, drew 8,485,921.
2012 MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ATTENDANCE                                                                         Page 8

A NOTE ABOUT HOW WEATHER AFFECTS ATTENDANCE

        There have been 176 teams in the NAPBL leagues that charge admission to their games in all but 2 seasons
since 1999. 175 teams played in 2007, and there were 174 in 2011. The differing number of home dates played from
season to season, as illustrated in the table below, is almost always due to the varying number of dates rained out.

         But the rise and fall of the number of lost dates in a given year, on an overall Minor League basis, and in
particular, on an individual team level, does not always reflect the influence of weather on attendance.

        A team may have many rainouts in a given season. But if those rainouts take place on weeknights in April,
and they have good weather for almost all other games, the effect on the season’s total attendance is minimal.

          On the other hand, a team may have very few or even no rained out games in a season, yet attendance could
still be adversely affected by weather. Cold weather early in the season certainly cuts down on crowds. Brutal
summer heat also reduces attendance, and this did happen to quite a few teams during the very hot summer in 2012.
Rain within a few hours of gametime, or a threatening weather forecast, often results in a sharp decline in day-of-game
ticket sales. So cold, heat, and pre-game showers won’t often postpone games, but it will cut down on attendance.


2012 HAD MORE PLAYING DATES FOR NAPBL LEAGUES AND INDEPENDENT LEAGUES

        Fewer rainouts, and 2 more Mexican League teams, resulted in a combined 188 more playing dates in 2012
compared to 2011. NAPBL leagues had a total of 167 more dates, while independent leagues had 21 more (excludes
the Freedom Pro Baseball League which played an estimated 83 dates in 2012, that league’s first season).

         Among NAPBL leagues, the Mexican League added 2 new teams, and had 145 more dates than in 2011.
Other leagues with significantly more playing dates in 2012 than in 2011 include the Midwest (34 more), New York-
Penn (18) Carolina (14), and International (13). There were 30 fewer dates in the Appalachian League, and the Florida
State League played 27 fewer dates. The Northwest League had 3 lost dates in 2012, after having none in 2011.
Overall, NAPBL leagues had the most playing dates since at least 1993. Among Independent leagues, the Atlantic
League added a team and had 60 more dates, the Frontier League had 2 more teams and 92 more dates. But the
American Association played 47 fewer dates, and the Can-Am League had 2 fewer teams and 102 fewer dates.

                       # OF HOME DATES FOR LEAGUES THAT RECORDED ATTENDANCE

  YEAR          NAPBL LEAGUES             NAPBL - EXCL. MEXICAN LEA.                INDEPENDENT LEAGUES
  2012            10,405                           9,556                                    2,643
  2011            10,238                           9,534                                    2,622
  2010            10,379                           9,591                                    2,840
  2009            10,269                           9,431                                    2,773
  2008            10,364                           9,532                                    2,889

   2007             10,303                            9,455                                     3,113
   2006             10,305                            9,472                                     2,599
   2005             10,369                            9,503                                     2,701
   2004             10,067                            9,378                                     2,186
   2003             10,119                            9,256                                     2,521

   2002             10,354                            9,486                                     2,384
   2001             10,382                            9,424                                     2,360
   2000             10,296                            9,376                                     2,255
   1999             10,390                            9,448                                     1,904
   1998             10,325                            9,368                                     1,821

   1997             10,009                            9,029                                      N/A
   1996              9,938                            9,020                                      N/A
   1995              9,699                            8,776                                      N/A
   1994              9,916                            8,972                                      N/A
2012 MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ATTENDANCE                                                                    Page 9

NAPBL AND INDEPENDENT LEAGUES PLAYOFF AND ALL-STAR GAME ATTENDANCE

       All Minor Leagues had playoff games in 2012. There were 204 post-season games played by NAPBL teams.
These games drew a total of 666,348, an average of 3,266 per date.

       Playoffs are a big event for the Mexican League. In 2012, the Mexican League drew 309,668 for its 40 post-
season games, an average of 7,742 per game. 5 games topped 10,000 in attendance, with a high of 23,895 at
Monterrey. 2012 regular season games in the Mexican League had an average attendance of 4,493.

      The 164 playoff games for U.S./Canadian teams averaged 2,175 per game, with a top crowd of 8,601 at the
AAA Championship game in Durham. Just 8 games drew at least 5,000. Attendance was below 1,000 at 44 games.

        Independent league teams drew 110,241 for 46 playoff games, an average of 2,397 per game. These figures
exclude the Pecos and Freedom Leagues. Combined NAPBL and independent leagues post-season attendance was
776,589, an average of 3,106 per game.

       Year-to-year comparisons of Minor League post-season attendance serve little purpose since the number of
games played, and the cities they’re played in, can vary greatly from one year to the next.

         There are several reasons why, with the exception of the Mexican League, Minor League post-season games
don’t draw well. Some leagues play split-seasons, with playoff teams for each half of the season, so at least one or
two playoff teams are known well ahead of time. But usually, there is little time for advance ticket sales to these
games. Group ticket sales, and promotions and giveaways, which are major components of Minor League
attendance, are difficult to plan on short notice. Mexican League playoff games are in late July and in August. But
playoffs in all other leagues take place in September, when school is open, and the NFL and college and high school
football seasons have begun.

        10 All-Star Games were played by NAPBL leagues in 2012. They drew a combined 92,930, led by a crowd of
18,025 at the AAA game at Buffalo. The Eastern League game at Reading drew 9,477. The independent league All-
Star Games drew a total of 12,870.



TOTAL PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL ATTENDANCE WENT UP SLIGHTLY IN 2012

         Major League Baseball regular season attendance was 74,859,268 in 2012, up 2.0% from 2011. Combined
Major League/Minor League attendance in 2012 was 123,267,584. This is up 1.5% from 121,498,146 in 2011.
The all-time record-high combined Major/Minor League total attendance is 130,801,908, set in 2007.



NAPBL LARGEST GAINS AND DECLINES BY CLASSIFICATION

       By classification, NAPBL teams with the biggest 2012 gains in total attendance were: Salt Lake City (among all
AAA teams); Huntsville (AA); South Bend (full-season A); Hudson Valley (short-season A); Burlington, NC (Rookie);
Monterrey (Mexican League). Salt Lake City had the worst Class AAA loss in 2011.

       By classification, NABPL teams with the worst losses in 2012 were: Pawtucket (AAA); Mobile (AA);
Port Charlotte (full-season A); Staten Island (short-season A); Orem (Rookie); Mexico City (Mexican).

        The above listings do not include independent league teams.

       A listing of the individual teams with the biggest attendance gains and losses for 2012 in both the NAPBL and
independent leagues can be found on page 14.
2012 MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ATTENDANCE                                                                    Page 10

COMBINED NAPBL MINOR LEAGUES AND INDEPENDENT LEAGUES OVERVIEW

TEAMS WITH ATTENDANCE GROWTH – 2012 vs. 2011

         In 2012, there was a decline in the number of teams that achieved gains in attendance. 171 NAPBL teams
played in the same market in 2012 as they did in 2011. 67 of these teams had growth in total attendance in 2012,
while 104 had declines. This includes Carolina, which was in the Southern League in 2011 and in the Carolina League
in 2012. It does not include Scranton-Wilkes Barre, who played their 2012 home games in 6 different locations as their
old ballpark was demolished, and a new park was under construction at the same site. Also not included are Grand
Junction of the Pioneer League, which moved from Casper, Pensacola of the Southern League, and Aguascalientes
and Carmen, the 2 new teams in the Mexican League.

                       # NAPBL TEAMS IN SAME MARKETS AS IN THE PREVIOUS YEAR -
                       SHOWING TOTAL ATTENDANCE GAIN/LOSS VS. PREVIOUS YEAR

                      Year       # of Teams     # With Gain       # With Loss      # No Change
                      2012           171             67              104                0
                      2011           173             87                86               0
                      2010           173             83                90               0
                      2009           171             57               114               0
                      2008           172             86                86               0

                      2007           171             114                57                0
                      2006           174              88                86                0
                      2005           170              98                71                1
                      2004           169              87                82                0
                      2003           169              58               111                0

                      2002           173              84                88                1
                      2001           169              86                83                0
                      2000           170              71                99                0
                      1999           169              64               105                0
                      1998           164              83                81                0

         In average attendance per home date, considerably fewer NAPBL teams had gains than had declines in 2012.
65 teams were up, while 106 were down. These figures exclude new teams, and teams that moved, as noted above,
but do include a 2012 vs. 2011 comparison for the Carolina Mudcats.

         There were 96 teams with gains in average per date in 2011, and 77 had declines. In 2010, 64 teams had
increases, and 109 teams showed declines in average attendance per home date. It rose for 63 teams in 2009, while
107 recorded a decline, and one had no change. In 2008, average attendance per home date increased for 72 teams
and fell for 100 teams. In 2007, average per date was up for 110 teams, fell for 60, and one team had no change.

        20 independent league teams playing in the same market (but not always in the same league) as in 2011, had
increases in total attendance in 2012, while 26 were down. 17 of those teams posted gains in average per date, with
40 showing declines.

        Just 12 independent league teams had gains in total attendance in 2011, and 37 saw losses. Only 9 teams
had increases in average per date. In 2010, 28 of 55 independent league teams had increases in total attendance,
with 24 up in average per date. 16 of 55 teams had a total attendance gain in 2009, with 19 up in average per date.


MINOR LEAGUE TELEVISION MARKETS

        New York is the largest television market, with 7,384,340 television households, and 10 Minor league teams.
The biggest TV market without a Minor League team is Detroit, which ranks #11, and has 1,845,920 TV households.
The biggest market with no Major League team is Orlando-Daytona Beach, which ranks #16. In 2012, Portland, OR,
ranked #22, was the biggest market with no Major or Minor League team. But they get a short-season team in 2013.
So Columbia, SC, ranked #77 will be the biggest market without a team in 2013. Helena, Montana, ranked #206, with
28,260 households, is the smallest market that has a team. SOURCE: A.C. Nielsen 2013 TV Households Estimates.
2012 MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ATTENDANCE                                                                     Page 11

SMALL CHANGES IN YEAR-TO-YEAR TOTAL ATTENDANCE

         As the table on the previous page shows, the number of teams achieving increases in attendance from one
year to the next tends to vary, often by wide margins. But because this variation is frequently caused by some very
small increases or decreases in an individual team’s yearly attendance, the year-to-year change in the number of
teams posting gains or losses may be less significant than it seems.

        In 2012, there were 34 teams (16 full-season and 11 short-season NAPBL teams, plus 7 independent teams)
who had gains of less than 5,000 vs. 2011. 8 of these teams were up less than 1,000. 42 teams posted losses of
less than 5,000 (17 full-season, 17 short-season, and 8 independent teams). 10 teams were down less than 1,000.

        In 2011, 18 full-season and 14 short-season NAPBL teams, and 5 independent teams had gains of less than
5,000 vs. 2010. 13 teams were up less than 1,000. 12 full-season NAPBL, 10 short-season NAPBL, and 7
independent teams saw attendance fall less than 5,000 from 2010, with 3 of those teams down less than 1,000.

       In 2010, 43 teams overall had gains of 5,000 or less, with 16 teams up less than 1,000 from 2009. There were
29 teams whose attendance fell less than 5,000, with 5 teams down less than 1,000.



AVERAGE ATTENDANCE PER HOME DATE – NAPBL AND INDEPENDENT LEAGUES

         In 2012, average attendance per home date fell by 62 for NAPBL leagues, rose by 92 for the independent
leagues, and was down by a combined total of 29 for all Minor Leagues. This excludes the Freedom Pro League
which drew poorly, but did not compile attendance. In 2008, new records were set for NAPBL average per date, and
for the combined NAPBL/independent leagues average per date. The all-time high independent leagues average was
achieved in 2004.

                  AVERAGE ATTENDANCE PER HOME DATE – 1997-2012 (record highs in bold)

                 Year         NAPBL Leagues          Independent Leagues         All Minor Leagues
                 2012             3,967                     2,697                       3,710
                 2011             4,029                     2,605                       3,739
                 2010             3,992                     2,854                       3,747
                 2009             4,055                     2,872                       3,804
                 2008             4,174                     2,877                       3,892
                 2007             4,155                     2,726                       3,824

                 2006               4,048                     2,908                     3,818
                 2005               3,986                     2,785                     3,738
                 2004               3,962                     3,000                     3,791
                 2003               3,861                     2,588                     3,579
                 2002               3,732                     2,689                     3,537

                 2001               3,738                     2,541                     3,516
                 2000               3,658                     2,475                     3,445
                 1999               3,386                     2,559                     3,258
                 1998               3,431                     2,054                     3,167
                 1997               3,469                     N.A.                      N.A.


A NOTE ABOUT THE TERM ‘HOME DATE:’

        The term ‘average attendance per date’ or ‘average per opening’ is used in baseball, rather than ‘average
attendance per game.’ This is done since baseball teams still play single-admission doubleheaders, two games for
one ticket, to make up rainouts. For attendance purposes, single-admission doubleheaders count as one ‘date.’
Day/night doubleheaders, requiring a separate ticket to each game, count as two separate ‘openings’ or ‘dates.’
2012 MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ATTENDANCE                                                                    Page 12

AVERAGE ATTENDANCE PER HOME DATE – NAPBL AND INDEPENDENT LEAGUES

NAPBL Leagues

   Average attendance per date for NAPBL teams fell by 62 to 3,967 in 2012. The record-high is 4,174, in 2008.

   The Carolina, Appalachian, and Pioneer Leagues were the only NAPBL leagues to record gains, with the Pioneer
    League having the best increase, up 88.

   The International League averaged 6,699, best of any league in 2012, but down 257 from 2011. That’s the largest
    drop of any league. The International League drew a record-high average per date of 7,348 in 2009.

   The Carolina League had its highest average per date (3,522) in history.

   Monterrey of the Mexican League averaged 11,321 per date, which was the highest of any team in 2012.
    It was the first time since 2008 that a team topped 10,000. Monterrey did it then as well. Sacramento had topped
    10,000 per date for 8 straight years from 2000 through 2007.

   Lehigh Valley (Allentown, PA) averaged 9,153 per home date to lead all U.S. teams. This figure excludes
    games played at Lehigh Valley when Scranton-Wilkes Barre was the home team. The IronPigs averaged 9,249 in
    2011, and 9,227 in 2010, and those averages were the best in the Minors each year. In 2009, Columbus, OH had
    the best average.

   Sacramento, Saltillo, Columbus, Louisville, Round Rock, Albuquerque, Indianapolis, and Dayton were other teams
    that averaged 8,000+ per date. So 10 teams drew at least 8,000 per home date in 2012. The number of teams
    reaching this level was 11 in 2011, 10 in 2010, 11 in 2009, 13 in 2008, 17 in 2007, 13 in 2006, 11 in 2005, 13 in
    2004, 12 in both 2003 and 2002, 11 in 2001, 8 in 2000, and only 4 teams in 1999.

   Tucson again had the lowest average among Class AAA teams in 2012 – 2,956, down 454.

   Frisco (7,076), Reading (6,368), and Richmond (6,257) were the Class AA teams that averaged more than 6,000
    per date in 2012. These same 3 teams were also the Class AA teams that topped 6,000 per date in 2011. The
    number of Class AA teams reaching an average of 6,000+ was 4 in both 2010 and 2009, 5 in both 2008 and 2007,
    6 in both 2006 and 2005, 7 in 2004, and 6 in 2003.

   Huntsville, AL once again had the lowest Class AA average, drawing 1,973 per date. But this was up 391 from
    2011, and up 569 from 2010.

   10 Class A (including short-season) teams topped 5,000 per date in 2012, and 10 teams also did it in 2011. This
    level was surpassed by 11 teams in 2010 and 2009, 12 in 2008 and 2007, 10 in 2006, 11 in 2005, 10 in 2004 and
    2003, 9 in 2002, and 10 in 2001.
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   Dayton averaged 8,532 per date to lead Class A for the 13 straight year. Lakewood was the other full-
    season Class A team to average over 6,000 in 2012. Dayton, Kane County and Lakewood were the other full-
    season Class A teams who topped 6,000 fans per date in 2011, 2010, and 2009. These same 3 teams, plus
    Greensboro did it in 2008, 2007, and 2006.

   Bakersfield had the lowest average (637) among all NAPBL teams. Burlington IA, and Dunedin also did not reach
    the 1,000 per date mark among full-season teams.
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   Brooklyn averaged 6,553 per home date, leading all short-season teams for the 12 year in a row.

   Aberdeen (6,447) was the only other short-season to top a 5,000 per date average in 2012. Hudson Valley,
    Lowell, Tri-City (NY-Penn), Vancouver, and Spokane were the other short-season teams that averaged more than
    4,000 per date. In 2011, Staten Island averaged 5,664 per date, but fell below 4,000 in 2012.

   10 short-season teams (8 of whom play in the Appalachian League, plus Helena and Batavia), averaged fewer than
    1,000 fans per date.
2012 MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ATTENDANCE                                                                   Page 13

AVERAGE ATTENDANCE PER HOME DATE – NAPBL AND INDEPENDENT LEAGUES

NAPBL Leagues – Biggest Gains and Losses

   Monterrey of the Mexican League, up 2,881, had the biggest gain in average attendance per date in 2012.

   Salt Lake’s increase of 724 was the highest of any Class AAA team.

   Jackson, TN had the best increase in Class AA, up 410.

   Full season Class A South Bend’s average per date rose 985, best among all U.S. teams.

   Burlington, NC of the Appalachian League posted an increase of 179, tops in short-season leagues.


   Short-season Staten Island’s decline of 1,949 per date was the worst of any NAPBL team.

   4 Mexican League teams (Puebla, Mexico City, Laguna, Yucatan) all had declines of at least 1,400.

   Pawtucket, down 719, had the steepest decline in Class AAA.

   Mobile’s loss of 945 per date was worst among Class AA teams.

   Salem had the largest drop in full-season Class A, down 801.


Independent Leagues

   Overall, average attendance per date was up 92 for the 6 independent leagues that recorded attendance.
    Data for the Freedom Pro Baseball League was not available.

   The American Association had the best increase among independent leagues, up 360 per date to a league
    record-high of 3,512.

   Atlantic League average per date was a league record-high 4,409, up 324. The all-time average attendance
    per date high for an independent league is 4,621 by the now inactive Northern League in 2008.

   The North American League had the biggest decline in average attendance per date of any league, down 610.

   Among independent league teams, Sugar Land had the best average attendance per date (6,650) in 2012.
    That is the highest average ever for an Atlantic League team. Long Island, Somerset, Winnipeg, and Kansas City
    were the other independent league teams that exceeded 5,000 per date. 5 independent teams averaged 5,000+ in
    2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2004, 2001, and 2000. 7 teams did it in 2007. 6 teams topped 5,000 in both 2006 and
    2005, and 4 teams did it in both 2003 and 2002.

   All 6 Pecos League teams averaged less than 1,000 per date. But these teams play in very small facilities.
    5 teams in the North American League also drew under 1,000 per date, with Hawaii having the lowest figure – 315.
    London and Newark also averaged less than 1,000. There were 8 independent teams that averaged less than
    1,000 in 2011, and 3 teams were below 1,000 per date in 2010. In both 2009 and 2008, there were 6 independent
    league teams that drew under 1,000 per date. 7 independent teams averaged below 1,000 per date in 2007.
    But in 2006, and also in 2004, every independent team averaged at least 1,000. 3 fell below this level in 2005.

   Sioux Falls, up 1,102 per date had the best increase among independent teams. River City had a gain of 595,
    Rockland posted a 486 increase, and Evansville was up 401.

   Southern Illinois had the largest decline among independent teams, down 1,039 per date. Fort Worth had a dip of
    985, Edinburg declined by 561, and Washington, PA fell 485.
2012 MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ATTENDANCE                                                                    Page 14

BIGGEST GAINS AND WORST DECLINES IN 2012

                    10 BIGGEST GAINS IN TOTAL ATTENDANCE – 2012 vs. 2011 – NAPBL TEAMS

      TEAM                          LEAGUE                   2012 ATTENDANCE              CHANGE vs. 2011
      Monterrey                     Mexican                        645,302                   214,882
      Salt Lake                     Pacific Coast                  515,633                    77,864
      South Bend                    Midwest                        189,575                    76,780
      Veracruz                      Mexican                        245,057                    50,226
      Tabasco                       Mexican                        170,966                    40,214

      Saltillo                      Mexican                        467,889                     38,556
      Reynosa                       Mexican                        195,154                     38,440
      Huntsville, AL                Southern                       130,231                     36,891
      Lakewood, NJ                  South Atlantic                 410,113                     28,043
      Jackson, TN                   Southern                       133,352                     26,663

   8 Mexican League teams were on the list of the 10 biggest attendance gains in 2011.

                10 BIGGEST DECLINES IN TOTAL ATTENDANCE – 2012 vs. 2011 – NAPBL TEAMS

      TEAM                          LEAGUE                   2012 ATTENDANCE              CHANGE vs. 2011
      Mexico City                   Mexican                        285,894                   (84,732)
      Mobile                        Southern                       133,062                   (77,894)
      Puebla                        Mexican                        287,178                   (75,833)
      Laguna                        Mexican                        176,762                   (72,786)
      Yucatan                       Mexican                        137,750                   (64,585)

      Pawtucket                     International                  521,023                    (57,907)
      Birmingham                    Southern                       204,269                    (57,354)
      Staten Island                 New York-Penn                  141,163                    (51,405)
      (Port) Charlotte, FL          Florida State                  117,417                    (48,958)
      Salem, VA                     Carolina                       178,730                    (47,607)

   Salt Lake had the worst decline in 2011. Mobile lost 7 dates due to weather in 2012, and played 6 fewer dates
    than in 2011. Port Charlotte had 9 lost dates in 2012, and played 6 fewer dates than in 2011.


              5 BIGGEST GAINS IN TOTAL ATTENDANCE – 2012 vs. 2011 – INDEPENDENT TEAMS

      TEAM                          LEAGUE                   2012 ATTENDANCE              CHANGE vs. 2011
      Sioux Falls, SD               American Assn.                 130,541                    53,992
      Rockland (County), NY         Can-Am                         161,375                    37,857
      River City (O’Fallon, MO)     Frontier                       107,986                    36,028
      Evansville                    Frontier                       120,819                    22,882
      Southern Maryland             Atlantic                       229,094                    14,959


            5 BIGGEST DECLINES IN TOTAL ATTENDANCE – 2012 vs. 2011 – INDEPENDENT TEAMS

      TEAM                          LEAGUE                   2012 ATTENDANCE              CHANGE vs. 2011
      Southern Illinois             Frontier                       129,936                   (51,640)
      Fort Worth                    North American                  57,596                   (50,424)
      Washington, PA                Frontier                        81,836                   (22,799)
      Worcester                     Can-Am                          61,398                   (22,347)
      Somerset                      Atlantic                       350,295                   (21,787)

   Somerset played 5 fewer dates in 2012 than in 2011.
2012 MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ATTENDANCE                                                                          Page 15

NEW MARKETS, NEW BALLPARKS, AND ‘SAME BALLPARK’ ATTENDANCE GROWTH

          The table below borrows a concept used by retail chain stores to report sales. Retailers report year-to-year
changes in total sales, covering all of their stores, regardless of how long those stores have been open. It includes
stores that were open less than a full year, either in the current year, or the previous one. So for example, a report for
the full year 2012 compared to the full year 2011 will list sales from all stores, including any that either opened or closed
in 2012 or 2011.

        But they also report what is called ‘Comparable’ or ‘Same-Store’ sales. In this example, a year-to-year sales
comparison would only include stores that were in operation for the full year in both 2012 and 2011. Looking at ‘Same-
Store’ sales provides a good barometer of real sales growth, rather than just growth due to opening many new stores.

        This page looks at ‘Same-Ballpark’ attendance, a baseball version of ‘Same-Store’ sales, by comparing 2012
vs. 2011 attendance change for the NAPBL teams that played in the same ballpark in both years.

        Adding teams, relocating teams, and opening new ballparks have been big factors in the growth of Minor
League attendance over the past 40 years. Add to this the independent leagues that first came on the scene in 1993.
These changes have been far less frequent in recent years, and are one reason why Minor League attendance has
been basically flat since 2005. There were 19 more teams in 1990 playing in NAPBL leagues that charge admission
than there were in 1980. By 1999, 12 more NAPBL teams, plus 44 independent teams were added. But 2012 had the
same number of NAPBL teams as in 1999. No Major League expansion since 1998 is the main reason for this.

         Far fewer new ballparks have opened recently. 73 current NAPBL teams and 26 independent league teams
play in ballparks that opened between 1995 and 2005. Only 19 NAPBL and 10 independent teams play in a park that
has opened after 2005. This list does not include rebuilt and updated parks, which also help attendance growth.
South Bend updated their ballpark for 2012, and their attendance rose from 112,795 in 2011, to 189,575 in 2012.

        In 2012, the Mexican League added 2 teams. Carolina (Zebulon, NC) was in the Southern League in 2011.
That team moved to Pensacola, which became the only NAPBL market to open a new ballpark in 2012. The Carolina
League team that played in Kinston in 2011 moved to Zebulon in 2012. So the actual market change was Kinston to
Pensacola. Carolina drew 225,577 in 2012, and 255,216 in 2011. The only other move by an NAPBL team was
Casper to Grand Junction. That city renovated its existing park for 2012. Also listed in this table is Scranton-Wilkes
Barre, who played ‘home’ games in 6 other cities as their new park was being built on the site of their previous home.

       Combined total attendance fell 1.5% for the 171 NAPBL teams that played in the same ballpark in both 2012
and 2011. Coincidentally, the 46 independent league teams that played in the same ballpark in both years also had a
combined decline of 1.5%.

        Since some independent league teams come and go each year, this table only notes the 2 independent teams
that opened a new park in 2012. It does not include new teams going into existing parks, or teams that disbanded.

League                     2012 City          2012 Attendance     2011 City            2011 Attendance     Chg. vs. 2011
Southern                   Pensacola              328,147         Kinston                   112,181          215,966
Pioneer                    Grand Junction         101,496         Casper                     47,982           53,514

Mexican                    Aguascalientes          159,414          ----------------     New Team             -----------
Mexican                    Carmen                  227,143          ----------------     New Team             -----------

International              6 ‘home’ parks          272,168        Scranton-W.B.             298,098           (25,930)

Total – above teams                               1,088,368                                 458,261           630,107
171 ‘Same-Ballpark’ as
in 2011 NAPBL Teams                              40,192,014                              40,793,792          (601,778)

American Association       Laredo                   187,845         ----------------   New Team/Park          -----------
Atlantic                   Sugar Land               465,511         ----------------   New Team/Park          -----------

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in 2011 Indep. Teams                              6,234,913                               6,330,827           (95,914)
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INDIVIDUAL TEAM ATTENDANCE GROWTH – 2012 vs. 2002, 2012 vs. 1992, and 2012 vs. 1982

         Later in this report, there is a section examining Minor League historic attendance growth by league. The
section right here looks at individual team attendance growth, comparing attendance in 2012 with 2002, 1992, and
1982. It includes 2012 teams that were playing in different leagues, or in different NAPBL classifications in 2002,
1992, or 1982. Some cities went from being NAPBL markets in 2002, 1992, and/or 1982, to hosting independent
league teams in 2012. Other markets went from having a short-season team to having a full-season team, and vice-
versa. The comparisons with 2002 and 1992 exclude Scranton-Wilkes Barre, which played its 2012 home games in 6
other cities while their ballpark was demolished, and a new park was built on the same site.

2012 vs. 2002

         In 2012, there were 181 Minor League teams (153 NAPBL and 28 independent) that played in the same
general geographic area as they, or some other Minor League team played in, for the 2002 season. It includes teams
that stayed in the same market, but moved to a new ballpark since 2002. In 2002, Montgomery and Pensacola, who
had NAPBL teams in 2012, played in the independent Southeastern League, which did not record attendance. But it is
certain that these teams drew far better in 2012 than in 2002.

         73 of those 153 NAPBL teams had higher attendance in 2012 than in 2002, while 80 teams had a decline.
Norwich, CT had a full-season Class AA team in 2002, and a short-season team in 2012. Mississippi, Lehigh Valley,
Pensacola, Montgomery, AL, and Springfield, MO went from independent leagues in 2002 to NAPBL leagues by 2012,
and all had significant attendance increases vs. 2002. Lehigh Valley (Allentown, PA) drew 541,972 more than an
independent team in that city drew in 2002. A new park, and an affiliation with the Phillies are major reasons for this
gain. Springfield’s Texas League attendance was 256,263 higher than what it drew in 2002 in the Central League.

        Only 10 of the 28 independent league markets with a team in both years drew better in 2012 than in 2002. 3 of
these 2012 independent markets (El Paso, Laredo, Wichita) had longer schedule, full-season NAPBL teams in 2002.
Laredo, then in the Mexican League playing in Nuevo Laredo, and Wichita, had gains vs. 2002, but El Paso was down.

        24 NAPBL teams moved to a new park in the same market after 2002. Only one of these teams, Eugene, OR,
drew less in 2012 than in 2002. Their current ballpark is smaller than their old home. Laredo and Rockford were the
independent teams who have moved to a new park after 2002, and both posted gains in 2012 vs. 2002.

        Monterrey (Mexican) up 197,901, and Greensboro, up 187,684, had the best gains when comparing 2012 and
2002 attendance for teams that played roughly the same schedule length for both years. Columbus, OH drew 120,833
more fans in 2012 than in 2002, the best gain among all Class AAA teams. A major factor in this increase is a new
ballpark. Arkansas’ increase of 115,872 topped Class AA. Mississippi and Springfield, MO had bigger gains vs.
2002 than Arkansas did, but they played in shorter season independent leagues in 2002.

        Greensboro had the best increase among full-season Class A teams. Tri-City (Troy, NY), up 51,557, had the
best growth among short-season teams. Overall, 15 NAPBL teams drew at least 100,000 more fans in 2012 than in
2002. Among independent markets, Laredo, up 84,858, and Gateway, up 57,926, had the best increases.

         Class AAA Memphis’ attendance fell 300,844 since 2002, the biggest decline of any team. The addition of the
NBA’s Grizzlies to this market may be a factor. Sacramento had a 231,227 loss. Yucatan of the Mexican League was
down 232,070. Akron, down 143,714, had the worst loss of any Class AA team. Lexington’s drop of 132,903 was the
largest among full-season Class A teams, while Brooklyn’s decline of 68,115 was the biggest for a short-season
NAPBL team. 10 NAPBL markets saw attendance decline at least 100,000 since 2002. This includes now-short-
season Norwich, CT, down 164,048 from what their full-season team drew in 2002.

       Bridgeport, down 129,876, and Newark, down 176,526, had the largest declines among teams that played in
independent leagues in both 2012 and in 2002. But Newark now plays a shorter schedule, with 48 home dates in the
Can-Am League 2012, compared to 65 dates in the Atlantic League in 2002.

         There were 176 NAPBL teams that charged admission to their games in 2002, and the total attendance for
those teams was 38,639,142. In 2012, there were also 176 NAPBL teams that charged admission, and they drew a
combined 41,280,382. Average attendance per team was 219,541 in 2002, and 234,548 in 2012. Independent
league attendance was 6,410,071 in 2002, with 50 teams playing home games. In 2012, the 55 independent teams
that played a regular schedule of home games in leagues that recorded attendance drew 7,127,934.
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INDIVIDUAL TEAM ATTENDANCE GROWTH – 2012 vs. 2002, 2012 vs. 1992, and 2012 vs. 1982

2012 vs. 1992

        There were no independent leagues in operation in 1992. All current NAPBL leagues that charge admission
also operated in 1992. But Class AAA was divided into 3 leagues—the International and Pacific Coast Leagues, and
the American Association (no relation to the current independent league of that name). Teams in the American
Association were moved into the International or Pacific Coast Leagues in 1998.

        A significantly larger percentage of teams posted increases, and very large increases, when comparing 2012
attendance with 1992 attendance, than when comparing 2012 attendance with 2002. This is due to much better
marketing of Minor League Baseball starting in the 1990’s, and the opening of so many new ballparks since 1992.

         113 NAPBL teams played in the same geographic market in 2012, as a team played in during the 1992
season. 77 of those teams had higher attendance in 2012, than a team in the same market in 1992. Attendance fell
for 36 teams.

         Tri-City (Troy), NY in 2012, replacing Albany-Colonie, which operated in 1992, and Vancouver, now play a
short-season schedule, as opposed to a full-season in 1992. Tri-City, playing 38 home dates in 2012, drew 159,966.
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That was this team’s 9 straight record-high. In 1992, Albany-Colonie of the full-season Eastern League drew
145,930. Jupiter and Palm Beach, who share a ballpark in Jupiter FL, each drew less in 2012, than the 1992 team
playing in nearby West Palm Beach.

       5 markets with independent league teams in 2012 (Laredo, Rockford, Wichita, El Paso, London), had teams in
NAPBL leagues in 1992. Rockford and Laredo had higher attendance in 2012 than their 1992 NAPBL predecessors.
London only played 26 home dates before running into financial difficulty. They finished 2012 as a road team.

        56 of the 113 NAPBL U.S./Canadian teams in operation in both 2012 and 1992, play in a ballpark that opened
after 1992. 46 of them had better attendance in 2012 than in 1992. The 10 teams with a decline include both Palm
Beach and Jupiter. Tucson, Louisville, and Chattanooga are the only NAPBL markets above Class A with a ballpark
that opened after 1992, whose 2012 attendance was less than it was 20 seasons earlier.

        Attendance was at least 100,000 higher in 2012 than in 1992 for 25 teams, with 12 of those teams posting
increases of more than 200,000. Reno had a gain of 284,514, as it moved from Class A to Class AAA. Monterrey of
the Mexican League, up 507,360 since 1992, had the best increase of any team. Saltillo, also in the Mexican League,
had a gain of 313,750. Toledo posted the top gain among U.S. teams, up 308,208. Memphis, now in Class AAA,
drew 280,938 more fans in 2012 than they did as a Class AA team in 1992.

         New Britain, up 213,707, had the best increase among Class AA teams. Greensboro’s gain of 210,690 was
best for full-season Class A. Spokane’s 2012 attendance was 68,273 higher than in 1992, the best gain for a short-
season team.

        7 teams drew at least 100,000 less in 2012 than in 1992. This includes Vancouver, which had a full-season
team 20 years ago, but plays in a short-season league now. Buffalo, which drew 1,117,867 in 1992, had the largest
decline since then, down 601,969. Huntsville, down 121,779, had the largest decline among Class AA teams.

         Bakersfield’s loss of 114,745 was the worst among full-season Class A teams. Boise had the biggest drop
(53,971) among teams that played a short-season schedule in both 2012 and in 1992. Yucatan, down 108,292, had
the largest dip in the Mexican League.

       El Paso, down 81,605, and London, down 91,750 with a partial home schedule, had the worst declines among
teams currently in independent leagues. 20 years ago, all these cities had NAPBL teams that played longer
schedules.

       In 1992 there were 168 NAPBL teams in operation in leagues that charged admission. Total attendance that
year was 27,180,170. The total attendance figure is from data published by the office of Minor League Baseball.

        Average attendance per team was 161,787 in 1992. It was 234,548 in 2012.
2012 MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ATTENDANCE                                                                     Page 18

INDIVIDUAL TEAM ATTENDANCE GROWTH – 2012 vs. 2002, 2012 vs. 1992, and 2012 vs. 1982

2012 vs. 1982

        There were no independent leagues in operation in 1982. All current NAPBL leagues that charge admission
also operated in 1982. But Class AAA was divided into 3 leagues—the International and Pacific Coast Leagues, and
the American Association (no relation to the current independent league of that name). Teams in the American
Association were moved into the International or Pacific Coast Leagues in 1998.

        NAPBL Minor League Baseball attendance is up 134% since 1982. Total attendance rose from 17,637,244 in
1982 to 41,280,382. Average attendance per team was 117,582 in 1982, and 234,548 in 2012. There were 150
teams that charged admission in 1982, compared to 176 NAPBL teams, and 55 independent league teams in 2012.

      In 2012, 88 NAPBL and 5 independent teams played in a market that also had a team in 1982. 71 of the
NAPBL teams, and 3 of the 5 independent teams, had higher attendance in 2012 than in 1982.

        Many of these increases were huge. 40 NAPBL teams drew at least 100,000 more in 2012 than in 1982.
For 19 of these teams, the gain was at least 200,000, and 10 of these teams posted increases of more than 300,000.

        Monterrey of the Mexican League showed the best increase since 1982 – up 555,302. Buffalo, which played
in the Eastern League in 1982, had a 438,821 gain. Toledo had an increase of 400,716, and Indianapolis was up
381,078.

        Reading, which still plays in the same ballpark as in 1982, achieved a gain of 344,748. That’s the highest
increase among Class AA teams. Winston-Salem’s gain of 259,085 topped all full-season Class A teams. Idaho
Falls showed the highest increase among short-season teams, up 67,331.

         Amarillo’s increase of 81,568 was highest among teams currently playing independent leagues. That city was
in the Texas League in 1982, and drew just 51,812.

          The largest decline since 1982 was by Yucatan of the Mexican League. That team opened a new ballpark in
1982, and drew 560,000. Their decline since then is 422,250. Louisville had the biggest loss among Class AAA and
U.S. teams as their 2012 attendance was 298,415 lower than their 1982 total of 868,418. In 1983, Louisville became
the first Minor League team to draw one million.

          Nashville’s attendance in 2012 was 186,865 lower than it was 30 years earlier when they were in the Class AA
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Southern League. 1982 was the 4 straight year that Nashville’s attendance surpassed 500,000. The Sounds were
the first Class AA team to ever reach that level.

        Birmingham, down 27,725, is the only current Class AA team whose 2012 attendance was lower than it was in
1982. Hagerstown, now in Class A, drew 47,907 fewer fans in 2012 than in 1982, when it was in Class AA.
Bakersfield had a dip of 38,776. Palm Beach was down 70,503, and Jupiter fell 69,886, from the total attendance
achieved by a team that played in West Palm Beach in 1982.

        Spokane’s attendance was 41,646 lower than in 1982. However, that city had a Class AAA team in 1982, and
a short-season team in 2012. Great Falls, down 10,175, had the largest decline among teams that had a short-season
team in both 2012 and 1982.

        El Paso had the worst loss among current independent teams. That city drew 91,892 less in 2012, playing a
shorter schedule, than it did as a Class AA Texas League market in 1982.

        58 of the 88 2012 NAPBL teams that play in a market that had a team in 1982, have moved into a new ballpark
since then. Almost all other ballparks have undergone renovation, and in some cases, a complete rebuilding.
Reading’s increase, noted above, was the best for a team that played in the same park in 2012 as in 1982.

         Major League Baseball attendance was 74,859,268 in 2012. It was 67,859,176 in 2002, 55,872,275 in 1992,
and 44,587,874 in 1982. There were 30 teams in 2012 and 2002, and 26 teams in 1992 and 1982. Average
attendance per date was 30,895 in 2012, 28,134 in 2002, 26,978 in 1992, and 21,975 in 1982. The National League
did not include ‘no-shows’ in their official attendance until 1993.
2012 MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ATTENDANCE                                                                    Page 19

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL IN MAJOR LEAGUE MARKETS – Includes Independent League Teams

         A big factor in the growth of Minor League baseball since 1990 has been its return to areas which have Major
League franchises. Now, some of the most successful Minor League teams, in terms of attendance, play in the same
television markets as Major League clubs. Nearly all have new, or thoroughly rebuilt, ballparks.

         Until the early 1950’s, numerous Minor League teams played near Major League cities. But Major League
relocations and expansion, more car ownership, new high-speed roads, and most of all, television, made it easier for
fans to attend and watch Big League games. The Minor League teams in those areas, and in many others, couldn’t
stay in business. By 1976, the only teams close to Major League cities were Pawtucket, 40 miles from Boston,
Reading, 60 miles from Philadelphia, Toledo, 60 miles from Detroit, and San Jose, around 40 miles from San Francisco
and Oakland. In the New York area, an Eastern League team played in Jersey City in 1977 and 1978. That team’s
combined attendance for those two years was just 88,993.

        But starting in the 1990’s, more Minor League teams began operating near Major League clubs. In 2012, 58
Minor League teams played in the same television market as a Major League franchise. 3 more teams (Pawtucket,
Toledo, and Dayton) are located in non-Major League TV markets, but their ballparks are within about 60 miles of a
Major League city. So in 2012, 20 of the 26 Major League TV markets had a Minor League team located either in their
TV market, or in a city that is no more than 60 miles away, but is officially in a different TV market.

          In 1976, Pawtucket, Reading, Toledo, and San Jose drew a combined attendance of 381,747. This was 3.4%
of total 1976 Minor League attendance. In 2012, the same 4 teams, all except Toledo playing in the same ballparks as
in 1976, drew a combined 1,709,441. Also in 2012, the 58 Minor League teams in Major League markets, plus Toledo,
Pawtucket, and Dayton, drew a combined 13,757,082. That was 28.4% of the year’s total Minor League attendance.
It was also 21.5% higher than the total attendance (11,324,947) for all 141 Minor League teams in 1976.

       New York, Boston and Philadelphia are Major League markets that have had much recent success with Minor
League baseball. In 1992, there was only one Minor League team in the Boston area (Pawtucket – which is in the
Providence-New Bedford TV market), one in the Philadelphia market (Reading), and none in New York. In 2012, the
New York TV market had 10 teams, including 2 within New York City. The Philadelphia market had 5 teams, while the
Boston/Providence area had 4. As the following 3 tables show, many of these teams have done remarkably well.


   New York Area Teams                  2012 Attendance     Notes
   Lakewood, NJ                             410,113         Led South Atlantic Leag. 2001-2007, 2009, 2010, 2012
   Brooklyn, NY                             249,009         Owns 12 of the 16 highest short-season team totals
   Staten Island, NY                        141,163         Record high in 2010. Big decline in 2012
   Hudson Valley (Fishkill), NY             161,811         Sold out nearly all games since team formed in 1994
   Long Island (Central Islip), NY          377,473         Highest total yearly indep. attendance from 2000-2011

   Somerset (Bridgewater), NJ                350,295        Averaged over 5,000/date every year in their history
   Bridgeport, CT                            132,139        Attendance down 61% since 1999 high of 342,857
   Newark, NJ                                 32,056        An all-time low in 2012
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   Rockland County, NY                       161,375        Attendance up 26% in 2012, this team’s 2 year
   New Jersey Jackals (Montclair)             87,206        First increase since 2007

   New York Market Total                    2,102,640       Overall 1.7% decrease in total attendance in 2012


   Boston Area Teams                    2012 Attendance     Notes
   Pawtucket (Providence TV market)          521,023        Topped 600,000 in 8 of the last 12 years.
   New Hampshire (Manchester)                377,317        6 straight record-highs – 2004-2009. Gain in 2012
   Lowell, MA                                168,239        Up in 2012, sellout streak ended at 413 games in 2010
   Brockton, MA                                             Can-Am team didn’t play in 2012, may return in 2014
   Worcester, MA                               61,398       Lowest total attend., and financial problems in 2012

   Boston Area Total                        1,127,977       4 remaining teams down a combined 6.3% for 2012
2012 MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ATTENDANCE                                                                    Page 20

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL IN MAJOR LEAGUE MARKETS – Includes Independent League Teams

   Philadelphia Area Teams              2012 Attendance    Notes
   Reading, PA                              426,623        Eastern League attendance leader 8 of last 11 years
   Wilmington, DE                           287,992        Led Carolina Lg. in att. 11 straight years-1998-2008
   Lehigh Valley (Allentown, PA)            622,421        Minors U.S. best att. in 2011-12. 290 sellouts-2008-12
   Trenton, NJ                              373,355        AA then-record 14 str. years of 400,000+ ends in 2009
   Camden, NJ                               231,987        Another small decline in 2012

   Philadelphia Market Total               1,942,378       A loss of 2.2% in 2012


There have been many success stories in the other 17 Major League markets with Minor League teams.

Los Angeles      5 Minor League teams… Rancho Cucamonga had led the California League for 17 straight
                 years, before suffering a huge decline in 2010… Lake Elsinore led that league in 2011 and 2012.

Chicago          5 teams… Kane County had topped 400,000 for 18 straight seasons, and been above 500,000
                 in 6 of the last 11 years… Gary set a team record every year from 2003 to 2007, and in 2010.

San Francisco    2 teams… San Jose set a record high in total and average per date attendance in 2011.

Dallas           3 teams… Frisco has led all Class AA teams in attendance for 8 straight years.

Washington       5 teams… Frederick topped Carolina League in 2012, and had its best attendance since 2001.

Seattle          2 teams… Tacoma had a record-high attendance to its newly rebuilt ballpark in 2011.

Tampa            5 teams… In 2012, Clearwater had the highest attendance of any Florida State League team
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                 since 1990, and set a team record-high for the 7 straight year.

Minneapolis      1 team… St. Paul has sold out most games since 1993. A new ballpark is coming soon.

Cleveland        3 teams… Akron has led the Eastern League in attendance 6 times since 1997, and is one of
                 only 6 Class AA teams to ever top 500,000. But their recent attendance has fallen sharply.

St. Louis        2 teams… Gateway set the Frontier League record in 2004 (broken by Southern Illinois in 2007).

Pittsburgh       1 team… Washington, PA has sold out many games in its history, but is down in recent years.
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Baltimore        1 team… Aberdeen set avg./date high in 2011, and is the 2 best draw of short-season teams.

Atlanta          2 teams… Rome usually draws well… Gwinnett County had a decline in 2012.

Kansas City      1 team… Kansas City (KS) set new team record in 2007, and is a top independent league draw.

Detroit          1 team… Toledo (a separate TV market) is about 60 miles from Detroit, and the Mud Hens have
                 surpassed 500,000 for 11 straight years

Houston          1 team… Sugar Land played its first season in 2012, and drew 465,511, the highest attendance
                 by a modern day independent league team. Led all independent teams in average per date.

Cincinnati       2 teams… Dayton (a separate TV market) has topped 570,000 in all 13 years of operation, has a
                 North American pro sports record of 913 consecutive sellouts, drew a team and Class A record-
                 high in 2010, and is the most successful Class A team ever.

                 The New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco/Oakland TV markets each have 2 MLB
                 teams. The San Diego, Miami, Milwaukee, Denver, and Toronto markets that did not have Minor
                 League teams in 2012. Phoenix had 4 Freedom League teams who did not list attendance.
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NAPBL MINOR LEAGUES ATTENDANCE HIGHLIGHTS

       NAPBL TOTAL ATTENDANCE, # OF TEAMS, AVERAGE ATTENDANCE PER TEAM – SINCE 1946

             Total NAPBL        # of     Average Att.                  Total NAPBL        # of     Average Att.
   Year       Attendance       Teams      per Team          Year        Attendance       Teams      per Team
                                                            1985        18,380,000        154        119,351
   1946       32,704,315         314       104,154          1986        18,456,808        154        119,849
   1947       37,184,167         388        95,835          1987        20,215,564        158        127,947
   1948       38,415,716         438        87,707          1988        21,659,873        160        135,374
   1949       39,640,443         448        88,483          1989        23,103,593        164        140,876

   1950       32,960,733         442        74,572          1990        25,244,569        164        153,930
   1951       26,135,174         365        71,603          1991        26,590,096        168        158,274
   1952       24,024,373         334        71,929          1992        27,180,170        168        161,787
   1953       21,109,565         288        73,297          1993        30,022,761        169        177,649
   1954       18,674,503         264        70,737          1994        33,355,199        172        193,926

   1955       18,203,889         243        74,913          1995        33,126,934        172        192,598
   1956       16,402,953         217        75,590          1996        33,293,383        171        194,698
   1957       14,875,346         200        74,377          1997        34,721,716        172        201,870
   1958       12,744,883         171        74,531          1998        35,427,618        174        203,607
   1959       11,622,581         152        76,464          1999        35,179,471        176        199,883

   1960       10,660,811         152        70,137          2000        37,647,819        176        215,126
   1961        9,766,505         147        66,439          2001        38,808,339        176        220,502
   1962        9,732,582         134        72,631          2002        38,639,142        176        219,541
   1963        9,749,381         130        74,995          2003        39,069,707        176        221,987
   1964       10,102,310         128        78,924          2004        39,887,755        176        226,635

   1965       10,029,518         130        77,150          2005        41,333,279        176        234,848
   1966        9,826,124         133        73,881          2006        41,710,357        176        236,991
   1967        9,940,660         135        73,635          2007        42,812,812        175        244,645
   1968        9,887,328         135        73,239          2008        43,263,740        176        245,817
   1969        9,984,263 $       148        67,461          2009        41,644,518        176        236,617

   1970       10,726,470         145        73,976          2010        41,432,456        176        235,412
   1971       11,134,084         148        75,230          2011        41,252,053        174        237,081
   1972       10,986,628         136        80,734          2012        41,280,382        176        234,548
   1973       10,828,828         136        79,624
   1974       10,562,452         134        78,824

   1975       11,021,848         130        84,783
   1976       11,324,947         141        80,319
   1977       13,004,297         144        90,308
   1978       13,012,727         152        85,610
   1979       15,304,724 @       150       107,504

   1980         15,541,674 *       145        107,184
   1981          16,178,790        140        115,563
   1982          17,637,244        150        117,582
   1983          18,559,190        153        121,302
   1984          17,580,299        154        114,158
  $ - Does not include season attendance of 8,817 by one Gulf Coast League team that charged admission.
  @ - Includes estimated attendance for Inter-American League which folded during the season.
   * - Figure listed in the 1981 Sporting News Baseball Guide. Mexican League season ended early due to a strike.
2012 MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ATTENDANCE                                                                       Page 22

NAPBL MINOR LEAGUES ATTENDANCE HIGHLIGHTS

   Total NAPBL attendance rose 0.1% in 2012, but there were 2 more teams than a year ago. It was the first
    gain since 2008. The remaining 174 teams had a combined decrease of 358,228. Attendance has
    increased vs. the previous season 31 times in the last 38 years.

    Major League Baseball attendance has gone up vs. the previous season in 24 of the past 38 years, including 2012.

   NAPBL Minor League attendance dropped in 2009, after 5 straight record-setting seasons. Prior to 2004,
    the all-time record was 39,640,443, set in 1949, when there were 448 teams in 59 leagues. In 2012, there
    were 176 teams in the 15 NAPBL leagues that charge admission to their games. The last 12 seasons have seen
    12 of the 13 highest totals in the 111 year history of the NAPBL Minor Leagues.

   Minor League attendance declined very sharply through the 1950’s, and most leagues and teams disbanded.
    By 1964, only 20 leagues overall, and 128 teams who charged admission, were left. A post World War II low
    period of NAPBL attendance occurred from 1960 to 1970. During those years, attendance was basically flat –
    ranging from a low of 9,732,582 in 1962, to a high of 10,726,470 in 1970. Among the causes of the huge drop in
    Minor League attendance during this period were television, Major League expansion, easier access to Major
    League ballparks, fewer Minor League teams, a rise in popularity of other sports, and home air conditioning.

   2012 average season attendance per team, including short-season teams, was 234,548. The record-high average
    per team is 245,817, set in 2008. Back in 1949, the 448 teams averaged 88,483 (NAPBL figure. Sporting News
    Guide figure is 88,582). By 1961, average attendance per team had fallen to 66,439.

   5 NAPBL leagues had increases in total attendance in 2012. The Carolina League set a new record for total
    attendance, and had a 4.9% increase. The Mexican League was up 14.8% with 2 more teams. The Midwest,
    Texas, and Pioneer Leagues also had gains. 6 leagues increased their attendance in 2011, and 5 were up in
    2010. Just 3 leagues had increases in 2009, 7 leagues were up in 2008, and 13 leagues had gains in 2007.

   10 NAPBL leagues had losses in total attendance. The International League had the biggest total decline
    (159,620). Florida State League attendance fell 6.3%, but they played 27 fewer dates than in 2011.

   Only 3 leagues had gains in average per home date, led by the Pioneer League, up 88. The Carolina League’s
    average per date rose by 74, and the Appalachian League was up by 32. The biggest declines in average per date
    were the International League, down 257, the Mexican League, down 226, and the New York-Penn League, down
    217. 7 leagues had gains in average per date in 2011, and 4 leagues had increases in 2010 and 2009.


GAINS AND LOSSES - A listing of total attendance gains and losses in 2012 vs. 2011 for each NAPBL team and
league can be found starting on page 41. This same information for independent league teams starts on page 54.

                THE PHILLIES AND THE IRONPIGS ACHIEVED AN ATTENDANCE FIRST IN 2011!

        In 2011, the Class AAA Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Allentown, PA) led all of Minor League Baseball in
        attendance. Their parent team, the Philadelphia Phillies, led all of Major League Baseball.

        That was the first time that a team led the Majors in attendance in the same season that one of its Minor
        League affiliates led all of the Minors in attendance. A team has led the American League, but not the
        Majors in attendance, in the same year that one of their affiliates had the best attendance in the Minor
        Leagues, in these 7 seasons: 1931 and 1932 Yankees (Newark, NJ); 1955 and 1956 Yankees (Denver);
        1979 Yankees (Columbus, OH); 1980 Yankees (Class AA Nashville); 1999 Cleveland (Buffalo).

        Two other Philadelphia affiliates led their leagues in attendance in 2011. Reading topped the Eastern
        League, and Clearwater led the Florida State League. The last time the Major League attendance leader
        had so many affiliates who lead their leagues in attendance was in 1987. That year, the St. Louis Cardinals
        posted the best attendance in the Majors, and 4 of their farm teams topped their respective leagues.

        In 2012, Philadelphia had the Majors’ best attendance, and Lehigh Valley topped all U.S. Minor League teams.
        Phillies affiliates Clearwater (Florida State), and Lakewood (South Atlantic), also led their leagues.
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         FULL-SEASON AND SHORT-SEASON NAPBL ANNUAL ATTENDANCE LEADERS – 1940-2012

       Short-season leaders listed from 1947 through 1962 are for Class D teams which played slightly shorter
schedules than other classifications. The Minor Leagues were reorganized into their present configuration in 1963.
Record-highs shown in bold.

      Year     U.S. NAPBL Full-Season                             U.S. NAPBL Short-Season
               Team Attendance Leader         Attendance          Team Attendance Leader          Attendance
      1940    Seattle                          295,820            Not Available                       N/A
      1941    Louisville                       274,805            Not Available                       N/A
      1942    Los Angeles                      271,169            Not Available                       N/A
      1943    Milwaukee                        286,979            Not Available                       N/A
      1944    Baltimore                        342,032            Not Available                       N/A

      1945    Seattle                           434,133           Not Available                       N/A
      1946    San Francisco                     670,563           Not Available                       N/A
      1947    San Francisco                     640,643           Alexandria, LA                    149,889
      1948    San Francisco                     606,563           Alexandria, LA                    127,178
      1949    Seattle                           545,434           Hamilton, ONT                     137,340

      1950    Seattle                           492,647           Hornell, NY                        97,563
      1951    Seattle                           465,727           Hornell, NY                        74,086
      1952    Denver (Class A)                  461,419           Decatur, IL                        94,300
      1953    Toronto                           382,432           Decatur, IL                        96,337
      1954    Toronto                           408,876           Jamestown, NY                      86,460

      1955    Denver                            426,248           Dubuque, IA                        94,925
      1956    Denver                            368,305           Dubuque, IA                        92,364
      1957    Buffalo                           386,071           Dubuque, IA                        91,647
      1958    Buffalo *                         286,480           Dubuque, IA                        93,070
      1959    Buffalo                           413,263           St. Petersburg, FL                119,424

      1960    Buffalo *                         278,352           Tampa, FL                          76,616
      1961    Buffalo *                         259,724           El Paso, TX                        79,415
      1962    Rochester, NY *                   272,178           Miami                              90,887
      1963    Rochester, NY *                   271,968           Salem, VA                          34,061
      1964    Rochester, NY *                   272,091           Salem, VA                          36,184

      1965    Dallas-Fort Worth (AA) *          329,294           Salem, VA                          44,254
      1966    Dallas-Fort Worth (AA) *          271,367           Huron, SD                          35,110
      1967    Rochester, NY *                   303,500           Salt Lake City                     53,653
      1968    Hawaii *                          255,569           Salt Lake City                     54,195
      1969    Hawaii *                          280,477           Salt Lake City                     76,789

      1970    Hawaii                            467,217           Niagara Falls                      60,962
      1971    Hawaii                            375,957           Niagara Falls                      56,052
      1972    Hawaii *                          305,878           Niagara Falls                      52,476
      1973    Rochester *                       302,789           Portland, OR                       80,705
      1974    Sacramento *                      295,831           Portland, OR                      100,111

      1975    Rochester *                       326,072           Portland, OR                      119,253
      1976    Hawaii *                          306,236           Portland, OR                       83,780
      1977    Columbus, OH                      457,251           Portland, OR                      125,300
      1978    Nashville (Class AA)              380,159           Billings                           58,750
      1979    Columbus, OH                      599,544           Eugene                             66,156
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         FULL-SEASON AND SHORT-SEASON NAPBL ANNUAL ATTENDANCE LEADERS – 1940-2012

      Year     U.S. NAPBL Full-Season                           U.S. NAPBL Short-Season
               Team Attendance Leader       Attendance          Team Attendance Leader         Attendance
      1980    Nashville (Class AA)            575,676           Eugene                            96,058
      1981    Denver                          555,806           Eugene                            85,073
      1982    Louisville                      868,418           Great Falls                       67,044
      1983    Louisville                    1,052,438           Billings                          88,534
      1984    Louisville                      846,878           Billings                          96,670

      1985    Louisville                      651,090           Eugene                           103,193
      1986    Louisville                      660,200           Salt Lake City                   108,721
      1987    Columbus, OH                    570,599           Salt Lake City                   170,134
      1988    Buffalo                       1,147,651           Salt Lake City                   176,217
      1989    Buffalo                       1,132,183           Salt Lake City                   173,256

      1990    Buffalo                       1,156,661           Salt Lake City                   192,366
      1991    Buffalo                       1,188,972           Salt Lake City                   200,599
      1992    Buffalo                       1,117,867           Salt Lake City                   217,263
      1993    Buffalo                       1,058,620           Boise                            151,080
      1994    Buffalo                         982,493           Boise                            156,950

      1995    Buffalo                         900,782           Portland, OR                     249,696
      1996    Buffalo                         825,530           Portland, OR                     249,995
      1997    Buffalo                         696,193           Portland, OR                     213,242
      1998    Buffalo                         743,463           Erie                             187,743
      1999    Buffalo                         684,051           Portland, OR                     206,136

      2000    Sacramento                      861,808           Mahoning Valley, OH              206,287
      2001    Sacramento                      901,214           Brooklyn                         289,381
      2002    Sacramento                      817,317           Brooklyn                         317,124
      2003    Sacramento                      766,326           Brooklyn                         307,383
      2004    Sacramento                      751,156           Brooklyn                         294,261

      2005    Sacramento                      755,750           Brooklyn                         285,847
      2006    Sacramento *                    728,227           Brooklyn                         289,323
      2007    Sacramento                      710,235           Brooklyn                         294,972
      2008    Sacramento                      700,168           Brooklyn                         265,220
      2009    Columbus, OH                    666,797           Brooklyn                         264,102

      2010    Sacramento                      657,910           Brooklyn                         264,441
      2011    Lehigh Valley, PA               628,925           Brooklyn                         245,087
      2012    Lehigh Valley, PA *             622,421           Brooklyn                         249,009

       * Mexican League teams with the highest yearly NAPBL attendance: Poza Rica - 1958 (354,413); Mexico City
Red Devils - 1960 (318,797), 1961 (285,301), 1962 (349,753); Poza Rica - 1963 (436,018); Mexico City Red Devils -
1964 (464,689), 1965 (441,885), 1966 (445,664), 1967 (536,743), 1968 (480,068), 1969 (428,548), 1972 (349,684),
1973 (434,133), 1974 (398,122), 1975 (380,528), 1976 (351,416); Monterrey - 2006 (989,454), 2012 (645,302).
Mexican League attendance figures from 1981 were not available.
2012 MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ATTENDANCE                                                                         Page 25

NAPBL MINOR LEAGUES ATTENDANCE HIGHLIGHTS

NAPBL 2012 SEASON - TOTAL ATTENDANCE HIGHS AND LOWS

   There were 3 teams that topped 600,000 in total attendance in 2012. That is the lowest number of teams reaching
    this level since 1999. 4 teams topped 600,000 in 2011 and in 2010. 7 teams drew at least 600,000 in both 2009
    and 2008. 5 teams did it in 2007, 7 in 2006, and 5 in 2005. 1987 is the only year since 1982 that at least one
    team didn’t draw at least 600,000.

   14 teams drew at least 500,000 in 2012. The number of teams over 500,000 was 13 in 2011, 15 in 2010, 13 in
    2009, 17 in 2008, 18 in 2007, 19 in 2006, 20 in 2005, 16 in 2004, 15 in 2003 and 2002, 14 in 2001, 10 in 2000, 6 in
    1999, 9 in 1998, 10 in 1997, 7 in 1996, and 7 in 1995.

   At least one team has reached 500,000 every year since Columbus did it in 1979. But prior to 1979, the 1967
    Mexico City Red Devils were the last team to draw at least 500,000. The last U.S. teams to draw that high were
    Hollywood, Oakland, and Seattle of the Pacific Coast League in 1949. 3 P.C.L. teams topped 500,000 in 1948,
    5 of them drew that well in 1947, and 4 P.C.L. teams, plus Baltimore of the International League, did it in 1946.

   Monterrey of the Mexican League drew 645,302 to lead all of Minor League Baseball in attendance

   Lehigh Valley had the best attendance among U.S./Canadian teams in 2012, drawing 622,421. The IronPigs also
    served as the visiting team in their own ballpark for 8 games with Scranton-Wilkes Barre. If those games were to
    be included in Lehigh Valley’s total (they are officially credited to Scranton), the attendance total would be 688,821.

   Columbus drew 611,223. Sacramento reached 586,090, the lowest total in this team’s history. But Sacramento
    had led all U.S./Canadian teams in attendance for 9 straight years (2000-2008), and was also top draw in 2010.
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   Round Rock totaled 595,584 in its 8 AAA season, after setting both a Class AA and Texas League record for 5
    consecutive years. The Express have drawn over 618,000 each year since 2000, except 2010 and 2012.
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   Frisco was Class AA leader for the 8 straight year. But their 488,224 total was the lowest in their 10 year history.

   Dayton (Midwest) has sold out all 913 home games in its history, a sellout streak that is the highest in North
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    American sports history. The Dragons drew 588,689 to lead Class A for the 13 year in a row.

   The Brooklyn Cyclones have led all short-season teams each season of their 12 year history.

   15 of the 40 short-season teams topped 100,000 in 2012. The all-time high for the number of short-season teams
    reaching 100,000 is 18, set in 2007. The last time no short-season team drew at least 100,000 was in 1984.
    The only short-season team to ever reach 100,000 prior to 1985 was Portland, OR in 1974, 1975, and 1977.


   There were 11 full-season teams that drew under 100,000 in 2012. 6 of these teams play in the Florida State
    League. The number of full-season teams below 100,000 was 10 in 2011, 15 in 2010, 14 in 2009 and in 2008,
    13 in 2007, 14 in 2006, 15 in 2005, 18 in 2004, 22 in 2003, 21 in 2002, 20 in 2001, 24 in 2000, 25 in both 1999 and
    1998, 24 in both 1997 and 1996, and 19 in 1995.

   Tucson (200,991) had the lowest AAA attendance. 2009 was the only year that every Class AAA team drew at
    least 300,000. The last Class AAA team to draw less than 200,000 in a season was Ottawa in 2007. The 1988
    Maine Phillies (Old Orchard Beach) were the last Class AAA that failed to reach 100,000.

   Huntsville, AL in the Southern League once again had the lowest AA attendance (130,231), but that was up 36,891
    from their 2011 total.

   Bakersfield had the lowest attendance among full-season teams, drawing just 43,969. A new ballpark there may
    be ready by the 2014 season.

   Bristol of the Appalachian (Rookie) League drew 23,387 for the lowest short-season attendance.
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NAPBL INDIVIDUAL LEAGUE AND TEAM HIGHLIGHTS

INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE (AAA) (14 teams -- 144 game schedule)
RECORD HIGHS: League – 7,097,411 (2008); Team – Buffalo - 1,188,972* (1991), Buffalo - 743,463 (1998)
              (*Buffalo was in the American Association when it set this all-time Minor League record.)

   Total attendance fell 159,620 (2.4%) with 13 more dates in 2012 than in 2011. Average per date was down 257.
    Both the total and average per date attendance losses were the worst of any NAPBL league in 2012.

   The total attendance of 6,504,586 was the league’s lowest since 2006, and the average per date of 6,699 was the
    lowest since 1999. The 2009 International League average per date of 7,348 may have been the highest for any
    league in Minor League history.

   5 individual teams posted gains in total attendance vs. 2011, while 3 teams had a higher average per date.
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   Lehigh Valley (Allentown, PA) had the 2 highest attendance in all of Minor League Baseball in 2012, and
    led all U.S. and Canadian teams. The IronPigs (the name comes from ‘pig iron’ used to make steel) drew
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    622,421. They had the U.S. Minors’ highest average per date (9,153 in 2012), for the 3 straight year.
    Lehigh Valley is the only team to top 600,000 in each of the last 5 years.

   Coca Cola Field in Allentown has just 8,089 seats, making it one of the smallest parks in Class AAA. With
    standing room and lawn seating, combined 2008-2012 attendance has exceeded the fixed-seating capacity
    290 times (including playoffs), and reached 10,000 at 93 games. 59 of the 68 dates in 2012 had crowds
    above seating capacity, with 15 as complete sellouts. The ballpark also hosted 8 ‘home’ games for the
    Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees. Those games drew 66,400, and averaged above seating capacity.
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   The Columbus (OH) Clippers had the 3 best total in Minor League Baseball for 2012, and the 3 best total in team
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    history, drawing 611,223. It was the 8 straight year that the Clippers have surpassed 500,000. They’ve reached
    that level 26 times in the last 34 years. In 2009, Columbus got a new ballpark, and had the biggest attendance
    increase in the Minors.

   Louisville drew 570,003, their lowest total since 1999. The Bats had topped 600,000 each year since opening a
    new park in 2000, through 2011, and 20 times since 1982. They’ve surpassed 500,000 in all but 4 seasons since
    1982. The Bats have averaged 9,040 per date in their current park. In 1983, Louisville drew 1,052,438 to
    become the first Minor League team to reach one million. They also averaged 16,191 per date. That year
    Louisville outdrew 3 Major League teams (Cleveland, Minnesota, Seattle) in total attendance, and outdrew those
    same 3 teams plus Cincinnati and the Mets in average per date.

   Indianapolis had its best attendance since 2008, and they’ve now topped 530,000 for 17 straight years.
    The Indians saw average attendance per date rise by 331, the best increase in the league for 2012.

   Gwinnett had the lowest attendance in their 4 year history.

   Pawtucket made it 14 straight years above 500,000, and they won the league championship on the field. But they
    had a bit of a rough year at the gate. Total attendance was down 57,907, and average per date fell by 719.
    Those were the biggest declines in this league. But a team that was bankrupt 36 years ago, and couldn’t draw
    100,000, continues to rank among the annual attendance leaders.

                                PAWTUCKET RED SOX ATTENDANCE – 1977-2012

      Year     Attend.       Year    Attend.          Year   Attend.     Year    Attend.       Year     Attend.
      1977      70,344       1985    166,504          1993   466,428     2001    647,928       2009     625,561
      1978     123,310       1986    186,517          1994   469,029     2002    615,540       2010     592,326
      1979     147,420       1987    220,838          1995   479,261     2003    569,106       2011     578,930
      1980     163,283       1988    246,940          1996   461,181     2004    657,067       2012     521,023
      1981     191,859       1989    278,129          1997   474,557     2005    688,421
      1982     204,724       1990    290,953          1998   475,659     2006    613,065
      1983     188,186       1991    349,338          1999   596,624     2007    611,379
      1984     198,786       1992    358,318          2000   585,107     2008    636,788
2012 MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ATTENDANCE                                                                      Page 27

NAPBL INDIVIDUAL LEAGUE AND TEAM HIGHLIGHTS

INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE (AAA) - continued

   Rochester’s attendance was its lowest since 1996. But they’ve topped 400,000 for 16 consecutive years.

   Scranton-Wilkes Barre did not have a regular home ballpark in 2012. Their park near Scranton was demolished,
    and a new park will open on the same site in 2013. ‘Home’ games were played in Buffalo, Syracuse, Rochester,
    Pawtucket, Lehigh Valley, and Batavia. Rochester was their most common ‘home park’. The 38 dates there drew
    96,245. Their 8 home dates at Lehigh Valley had attendance of 66,400. Overall, the Yankees drew 272,168.
    This franchise reached 500,000 in 4 straight years (1990-1993), but has only done it once (2007) since then. In
    2013, the team will be renamed the RailRiders, honoring Northeast Pennsylvania’s railroad history.

   Durham had the league’s biggest gain in total attendance in 2012, up 20,911. The Bulls have drawn over 460,000
    in all 15 years they’ve been a Class AAA team. In 1990, Durham was the first Class A team since Denver in 1953
    to top 300,000.
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   Toledo topped 500,000 for the 11 straight year. The Mud Hens had 33 sellouts in 2012, and have sold out more
    than 300 games since the opening of Fifth Third Field (named after a bank) in 2002.

   Charlotte opens a new ballpark in downtown Charlotte in 2014. They currently play in the suburb of Fort Mill, SC.

   Buffalo had their lowest attendance since 1987, when they still played at War Memorial Stadium, where the movie
    ‘The Natural’ was filmed. Yet they’ve still topped 500,000 for 25 straight years. The Bisons led the Minors in
    attendance each year from 1988 through 1999, topping one million 6 times (1988-93), including an all-time Minor
    League record 1,188,972 in 1991, when they were in the American Association. In 1998, that league’s teams were
    split up between the International and the Pacific Coast Leagues. Buffalo begins an affiliation with the Toronto
    Blue Jays in 2013, and they hope to attract more fans from the Canadian side of the Niagara River.




PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (AAA) (16 teams -- 144 game schedule)
RECORD HIGHS: League – 7,420,095 (2007); Team – Sacramento - 901,214 (2001)

   Attendance fell 129,133 (1.9%) to 6,796,157, its lowest total since 2001. Average attendance per date declined by
    104 to 6,052, the lowest figure since 1999. The league had 2 fewer playing dates than in 2011. Total attendance
    rose for 5 teams, while 4 teams had increases in average per date.
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   Round Rock led the league in attendance for the 2 straight year, drawing 595,584. It was the 4 best total in the
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    Minors. But this was just the 2 time in Round Rock’s 13 year history that attendance was below 600,000.
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   For the just the 2 time in team history, Sacramento did not lead the league in attendance. They had a decline of
    14,216 to their lowest total ever, and for the first time, they failed to reach 600,000. Attendance did top 10,000 at
    18 games, with 5 crowds exceeding 14,000. The River Cats had led the Minors in attendance 9 times from 2000
    through 2010. They’ve drawn nearly 9.5 million since starting play in 2000, the quickest any team has ever reached
    that mark, and they’ve averaged 10,210 per date in their history. Sacramento had been for a few years, the
    largest TV market without a Major League team. (Orlando-Daytona holds that distinction now.) From 1961
    through 1973, and again from 1977 through 1999, Sacramento didn’t even have a Minor League team.

                              SACRAMENTO RIVER CATS ATTENDANCE – 2000-2012

    Year     Total Attend. Avg./Date      Year Total Attend. Avg./Date        Year Total Attend. Avg./Date
    2000       861,808*        12,312*    2005     755,750*      10,497#      2010     657,910*      9,138^
    2001       901,214*        12,517*    2006     728,227#      10,257#      2011     600,306       8,455
    2002       817,317*        11,512*    2007     710,235*      10,003*      2012     586,090       8,140
    2003       766,326*        10,643#    2008     700,168*       9,725#
    2004       751,156*        10,433^    2009     657,095^       9,126
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           * - Best in Minor Leagues # - Led U.S./Canadian teams     ^ - 2 among U.S./Canadian teams
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NAPBL INDIVIDUAL LEAGUE AND TEAM HIGHLIGHTS

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE - continued

   The Albuquerque Isotopes have drawn over 560,000 in all 10 years of operation of the current team. They had
    crowds of better than 10,000 at 17 games in 2012.

   Reno won the Pacific Coast League and Class AAA championship. But their total attendance fell by 42,054, and
    average per date was down 674, the biggest losses in each category in the league in 2012.
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   Colorado Springs drew their 2 highest attendance ever, and their 5 straight year above 300,000. The Sky Sox
    never reached 300,000 in the team’s first 20 years of operation (1988-2007).

   Tacoma’s Cheney Stadium was totally renovated for 2011, and the Rainiers drew a record-high that year.
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    Attendance in 2012 was that city’s 3 best of all-time.

   Memphis’ streak of 9 straight declines ended in 2011. In 2012, they had another increase, and drew 493,706.
    But that is down from the 887,976 they attracted in 2001. A factor in the attendance decline in Memphis was the
    arrival of the NBA Grizzlies.

   Salt Lake City had the biggest total increase (77,864) among all U.S./Canadian NAPBL teams. Average per date
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    rose by 724, the 3 best gain among all NAPBL teams. The Bees have topped 430,000 in total attendance, and
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    6,400 per date in all 19 years of operation. In 2012, they reached 500,000 for the 10 time.
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   Iowa topped 500,000 for the 9 time in the last 11 years. The Cubs reached 300,000 for the first time in 1991, and
    have drawn better than 400,000 every year since then.

   Tucson rejoined the P.C.L. in 2011 after being a league member from 1969 through 2008. The Padres’ 2012
    attendance of 200,991 was the lowest of any Class AAA team, and also was Tucson’s smallest P.C.L. total since
    1989. Their P.C.L. record-high was 317,347 in 1991. This team is expected to move to El Paso in 2014 or 2015.

   5 P.C.L. teams topped 500,000 in 2012, a mark reached by 4 teams in 2011, 5 teams in 2010, 4 teams in 2009,
    6 teams in 2008, and a modern era record-high of 7 teams in 2007. In 1947, 5 of the 8 teams in the league
    reached 500,000, and every team drew at least 350,000. Both Los Angeles and San Francisco topped 600,000,
    and Oakland, Seattle, and Hollywood drew over 500,000. The league played a 186 game schedule that year.
    In 1949, every P.C.L. team topped 378,000. No league has seen every team top that figure in a season since
    then. In 1966, none of the 12 P.C.L. teams topped 200,000, and as recently as 1974, just one team in the league
    surpassed 200,000. Calgary, in 2002, was the last team from this league to draw less than 200,000.
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   Omaha had its 7 straight year with a gain, and drew 415,650, their highest total since 1997. That makes it 25
    straight years above 300,000. Werner Park, which opened in 2011, has 6,434 fixed seats, and is the smallest
    Class AAA facility. Attendance exceeded seating capacity at 30 games in 2012. Full capacity is a bit over 9,000.
    Omaha’s former home, Rosenblatt Stadium, was much bigger. The last game there drew 23,795. A larger new
    park in Omaha for the College Baseball World Series, which had been played at Rosenblatt, also opened in 2011.
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   Fresno had its 11 straight year above 470,000, but the total attendance was the smallest since 2001.

   The Las Vegas 51s continued their attendance consistency. They’ve never drawn below 290,000, or above
    390,000, since they joined the P.C.L. in 1983. In 2012, they had their lowest total since 1988.

   Hurricane Ike caused problems for the New Orleans Zephyrs. They had to move a 4 game series to Round Rock.
    Attendance for those games is included in the New Orleans total. The final 4 game home series was cancelled.

   Nashville lost 5 home dates due to weather.

   A historic note: In 1946, the San Francisco Seals of the P.C.L. drew a then-Minor League record 670,563. That
    season mark was not topped until 1983, when Louisville drew more than one million. Buffalo holds the current
    Minor League season attendance record of 1,188,972 (1,240,951 if playoff games are included), set in 1991.
2012 MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ATTENDANCE                                                                        Page 29

NAPBL INDIVIDUAL LEAGUE AND TEAM HIGHLIGHTS

MEXICAN LEAGUE (16 teams – 113 game schedule)
RECORD HIGHS: League – 4,591,286 (1979); Team – 989,454 – Monterrey (2006)

   This league does not have any Major League Baseball farm teams, but is an NAPBL Minor League member.

   The Mexican League had its best total attendance since 2008, and the biggest increase of any NAPBL league in
    2012. Total attendance was up 492,319 (14.8%), but average attendance per date fell by 226. The league had 2
    more teams (Aguascalientes and Carmen), and 145 more playing dates than in 2011. Comparing attendance for
    just the 14 teams that played in both 2012 and 2011, results in a total gain of 105,762 (3.2%), and an average per
    date decrease of 112.

   Playoffs averaged 7,742 per game, with 5 games drawing over 10,000, led by a crowd of 23,895 at Monterrey.

   Huge yearly attendance swings continue to take place in this league. In 2009, there was a 955,395 (23.7%)
    decline in total attendance. Total attendance fell 11.8% in 2010, but rose 22.4% in 2011.

   In 2012, 8 of the 14 returning teams had gains in both total attendance and average per date. Monterrey, up
    214,882 had the biggest increase of any Minor League team. Veracruz, Tabasco, Saltillo, and Reynosa were
    among the 7 NAPBL teams with the biggest total gains of the year. 8 of the 10 teams with the largest total growth
    in 2011 were in the Mexican League. But in 2010, Mexican League teams had 5 of the 10 worst NAPBL declines.
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   Monterrey drew 645,302 to lead all of Minor League Baseball in attendance for 2012. It was the 3 best
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    total in Sultanes history, and the 6 time they’ve topped 500,000. The Sultanes also were the only team in
    the Minors to surpass 10,000 per date, as they averaged 11,321.

   Mexico City, down 84,732, had the worst total attendance decline of any NAPBL team. Puebla, Laguna, and
    Yucatan were also among the 5 NAPBL teams with the biggest 2012 losses.

   In average per date, Monterrey, up 2,881 had the biggest increase of all NAPBL teams. Mexico City, down 1,843,
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    had the 2 worst decline of any team.

   Veracruz drew a team record-high 245,057. Their old high of 237,705 was set in 1964, and had been the
    longest-standing team attendance record among current NAPBL teams.
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   Monclova had its highest total attendance since 2001. Quintana Roo (Cancun) had its 3 best total ever.
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    Yucatan had its lowest attendance since 1973. Saltillo topped 400,000 for the 10 time in the last 13 years.

   The best team example of the wild attendance fluctuations in this league is Monterrey. In 2006, they drew an all-
    time league record 989,454 in only 55 home dates, an average of 17,990 per date! Those were the top figures in
    the Minors in 2006, and the biggest crowds since Buffalo topped one million in 1993. Sultanes attendance was up
    556,293 from 2005, by far the largest increase of any Minor League team. But in 2007, Monterrey’s attendance
    was sliced in half, falling 497,826, by far the biggest decline in all of professional baseball, including the Majors.
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   In 2008, Monterrey’s attendance swung back up. The Sultanes drew 658,491, which was 3 best in the Minors.
    The gain of 166,863 was the largest of any Minor League team. Monterrey averaged 12,424 per date, and was the
    only team whose average exceeded 10,000. But it was down again for Monterrey in 2009. Though the Sultanes
    led the league, drawing 400,310, they suffered a 258,181 loss from 2008, by far the biggest drop of any Minor
    League team. In 2010, Monterrey drew under 400,000 for the first time since 1996. The Sultanes drew 430,420
    in 2011, leading the league in attendance, and as noted above, they had the best attendance of any team in 2012.

   The Mexican League has the lowest growth rate of any NAPBL league when comparing 2012 attendance with both
    1969 and 1979. Average attendance per team is up 3.8% vs. 1979, and is down 3.4% vs. 1969. No other NAPBL
    league had a 2012 decrease in average attendance per team vs. 1979 or 1969. The Appalachian League has the
    smallest increase vs. 1979, up 29.9%, and also vs. 1969, up 60.7%. But the 2012 Mexican League average
    attendance per team vs. 1989 is up 68.9%, which is better than 7 other leagues, and the average per team vs.
    1999 increased 32.7%, which is a better growth rate than 10 other NAPBL leagues. The section starting on page
    62 has more details about Minor League Baseball’s growth in average attendance per team in the past 43 years.
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EASTERN LEAGUE (AA) (12 teams -- 142 game schedule)
RECORD HIGHS: League – 3,966,241 (2010); Team – Akron - 522,459 (1999)

   Total attendance declined 3.4% to 3,791,241. The Eastern League played 6 more dates in 2012 than in 2011.
    Average attendance per date was 4,669, down 199. The league has averaged at least 4,500 per date since 1995.
    The record-high average for the league is 4,904, set in 1998.

   Only 2 teams saw total attendance rise. Portland, up 5,506 had the top gain, and New Hampshire posted the
    league’s other increase.

   2011, 2010, and 2009 were the only years in Eastern League history that each team drew more than 200,000.
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   Richmond had the league’s highest attendance (438,002), which was the 2 best total among Class AA teams.

   Reading set a record for consecutive seasons of drawing over 400,000 by a Class AA team. They’ve now
    done it for 15 years in a row. Trenton topped this level each year from 1995 through 2008. The Phillies, who
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    have been renamed the Fightin Phils for 2013, had the highest average per date in the league for the 9 time in the
    last 11 seasons.

   Reading also led the league in total attendance 8 times from 2002 through 2011. But they had a 30,334 decline in
    2012, the biggest drop in the league. This team continues to draw very well, despite the presence of the Lehigh
    Valley IronPigs, who have topped 600,000 in each of the last 5 years, and play in nearby Allentown. (Reading and
    Allentown have the same ownership.) Plus, there are very successful teams in terms of attendance in nearby
    Lancaster and Harrisburg, and the Philadelphia Phillies are just 60 miles away. There has been a huge growth in
    Reading’s attendance since the early 1980’s. (Attendance in the table for 1996, 1998, and 2000 includes an
    exhibition game with Philadelphia.)

                                   READING PHILLIES ATTENDANCE – 1984-2012

        Year    Attendance          Year     Attendance              Year   Attendance        Year    Attendance
        1984       67,333           1992      287,078                2000    461,848          2008     436,789
        1985       76,819           1993      313,083                2001    458,585          2009     460,791
        1986       83,506           1994      338,249                2002    486,570          2010     456,466
        1987     100,895            1995      383,984                2003    465,717          2011     456,957
        1988     144,107            1996      384,151                2004    478,257          2012     426,623
        1989     178,734            1997      398,182                2005    469,105
        1990     204,240            1998      423,336                2006    460,216
        1991     250,610            1999      448,367                2007    466,385


   Altoona had the smallest total attendance in their 14 year history. But that was largely due to 9 dates lost to
    weather. The Curve was the only team in the league to have an increase in average per date in 2012.

   New Britain’s attendance has surpassed 300,000 for 9 straight years, and has more than doubled since the early
    years of New Britain Stadium, which opened in 1996. The Rock Cats had set a team attendance record 10 times
    in an 11 year period from 2000 through 2010. But in 2012, New Britain’s average per date fell by 806 from the
    team record-high average of 5,867 per date in 2011.
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   Harrisburg had its 3 best total ever, and topped 200,000 for the 25 time in its 26 year history. Senators’ 2012
    attendance was 116,000 higher than in 2008.
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   New Hampshire (Manchester) drew over 370,000 for the 6 straight year.
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   Bowie had its 2 lowest total attendance ever.

   Portland has drawn at least 369,000 per season since 1994, with 446 sellouts in 1,275 dates in their history.
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   Akron’s attendance fell for the 7 time in the last 8 years. Their 2012 attendance of 256,473 is the lowest in team
    history, and is less than half of what it was a little over a decade ago. The Aeros drew 522,459 in 1999 to set the
    Eastern League record. In both 1998 and 1999, the Aeros were the second Class AA franchise to draw 500,000
    in a season. Nashville had done it 4 times (1979-1982). 4 Texas League teams have achieved this level more
    recently--(Round Rock - 2000-2004, Springfield - 2005, Frisco - 2003-2011, and Corpus Christi – 2005-2006).

   Binghamton topped 250,000 in its first season (1992), but has not done it since. This team is expected to move to
    Ottawa in 2014. A New York-Penn League team would move into Binghamton. A.C. Nielsen ranks Binghamton
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    as the 157 largest (out of 210) U.S. market in terms of the number of TV households. Jackson, TN, ranked #176,
    is the only market smaller than Binghamton with a Class AA team.




TEXAS LEAGUE (AA) (8 teams -- 140 game schedule)
RECORD HIGHS: League – 3,129,865 (2008); Team – Round Rock - 689,286 (2004)

   2012 was a very hot year, in terms of weather in its cities for the Texas League. But total attendance still rose
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    12,755 (0.5%) to 2,834,864, the 5 highest total in league history. Every team drew at least 300,000. There were
    7 more dates played in 2012 than in 2011.
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   Average per date was down 43 in 2012 to 5,164. But this was the 8 straight year that the league averaged better
    than 5,000 per date. Average per date is up 1,765 since 1999. The record-high is 5,691 in 2008. All teams
    averaged at least 4,400 per date in 2012, topped by Frisco, who averaged a Class AA best 7,076.

   5 teams had gains in total attendance, and 3 teams were up in average per date.
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   Frisco drew 488,224 to lead all of Class AA for the 8 consecutive year. But it was the smallest total in the
    team’s 10 year history. The RoughRiders had the league’s biggest declines in total attendance (21,107), and
    average per date (200).
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   Midland had its 2 best total ever. Attendance in Midland never topped 204,000 until 2002, but has been over
    250,000 every year since then.
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   Tulsa also had their 2 best total in team history. They topped 300,000 for 17 time in the last 20 seasons.
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   Corpus Christi attracted 388,927, 4 best in Class AA, though it was the smallest total in the Hooks’ 8 year history.
    In 2005, they replaced Round Rock, which moved to the Class AAA Pacific Coast League. In each of its 5 years in
    the Texas League, Round Rock set a Class AA attendance record, including an all-time high of 689,286 in 2004.

   Springfield (MO) had the league’s biggest total attendance gain in 2012, up 15,508. The Cardinals have topped
    330,000 in all 8 years of operation. But their attendance is down 173,956 since they drew a team record-high
    526,630 in 2005.

   San Antonio had the league’s best increase in average per date – up 238. The Missions surpassed 300,000 for
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    the 13 time since 1994. They had never reached that level before then.

   Northwest Arkansas has drawn better than 300,000 in all 5 years they’ve played.

   Arkansas (North Little Rock) never reached 300,000 until 2007. They’ve done it every year since.

   The all-time single game record-high attendance in the Texas League is 54,151 for a game played on April 11,
    1950 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. A very good article about this game and its attendance can be found at
    hardballtimes.com. The record-high attendance for any Minor League game is 65,666 set by the Denver Bears of
    the Class AAA American Association at Mile High Stadium on July 4, 1982.
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SOUTHERN LEAGUE (AA) (10 teams -- 140 game schedule)
RECORD HIGHS: League – 2,596,339 (1994); Team – Birmingham (with Michael Jordan) - 467,867 (1994)

   Total attendance fell 22,653 (1.0%) to 2,152,852. There was a dip of 5 in average per date to 3,237. Both the
    total and average per date were the lowest for the Southern League since 1996.

   3 teams had increases in total attendance, and 4 teams increased their average per date.

   Pensacola joined the league in 2012, and was the leader in both total attendance and average per date.
    The Blue Wahoos (named after a fish that is native to the area) drew 328,147, with 40 sellouts in 68 dates to
    their beautiful new waterfront ballpark. Pensacola has been a Minor League city in the past. Their previous
    NAPBL record-high attendance was 117,696 in 1947, and an independent league team drew 92,468 in 2007.

   Prior to 2012, the Pensacola franchise played for 21 seasons in Zebulon, NC, which is east of Raleigh, as the
    Carolina Mudcats. They drew a record-high 328,207 in 1994, and were also above 300,000 in 1993 and 1995.
    But their attendance did not reach 300,000 after that. Mudcats’ attendance was 255,216 in 2011. A Carolina
    League team moved from Kinston to Zebulon in 2012, and retained the Carolina Mudcats name.

   Jacksonville had their lowest attendance since 2002, and did not lead the league in attendance for the first time in
    10 years. They still have a streak of 24 straight years above 200,000, but 2012 saw the end of their streak of
    topping 300,000 for 9 consecutive years.

   Tennessee has drawn better than 240,000 for 13 straight seasons.

   Huntsville (AL) played 7 more dates in 2012 than in 2011. Attendance there rose 36,891, which was the best
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    increase in the league, and the 8 best gain among all NAPBL teams. But their total of 130,231 was still the
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    lowest in Class AA. It was the Stars first year above 100,000 since 2008, but the 9 time in the last 10 years below
    200,000. This followed 14 consecutive seasons above 200,000. The all-time record attendance there is 300,810,
    in 1985, which was the team’s first season. In 2011, the Stars drew at least 2,000 at just 7 dates, and 20 dates
    had crowds of under 1,000. In 2012, there were 19 dates with attendance above 2,000.

   Mobile lost 7 dates to weather, and suffered a decline of 77,894. That was the largest decrease among U.S.
    based NAPBL teams in 2012. The attendance of 133,062 was the lowest in the history of this team, which began
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    play in 1997. BayBears’ average per date fell by 945, which was the 2 worst loss by a U.S. team.

   Birmingham had topped 250,000 for a Class AA high 24 straight years through 2011. But attendance fell 57,354 in
    2012 to 204,269. That was the smallest total this team has had since 1987. They moved to the suburb of Hoover
    in 1988. But the Barons return fulltime to the city of Birmingham in 2013, as they open a new ballpark. The
    Barons have played one game each year at Rickwood Field in Birmingham. That park was their home from 1910
    through 1987, and is the oldest professional ballpark still in use. In 1994, Michael Jordan played for the Barons,
    and fans came out in droves to see him. They drew a league record 467,867 at home, and 517,318 on the road.
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   Jackson, TN failed to reach 200,000 for the 10 straight year. The Generals had topped 300,000 in their first 3
    years of operation (1998-2000), but have been below 150,000 for the past 8 years. They had 19 games that drew
    less than 1,000 in 2012. On a positive note, average attendance per date went up a league-best 410 in 2012.

   Montgomery had the lowest total attendance in its 9 year history.

   The original Southern League began play in 1885, and later changed its name to the Southern Association.
    That league played through the 1961 season. Birmingham, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Mobile, and Montgomery
    are current Southern League markets who were in the Southern Association. The league’s best attendance was
    2,180,344 in 1947. That year, the most prominent team in the league, the Atlanta Crackers, had their top
    attendance, drawing 404,584. (Source: Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball.)

   The Montgomery Biscuits of the Southern League, Cedar Rapids Kernels in the Midwest League, and Kansas City
    T-Bones of the American Association, are the only teams in Minor League Baseball that are named for food.
    (Source: Tampa Bay Rays Media Guide.)
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CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (FULL-SEASON A) (10 teams -- 140 game schedule)
RECORD HIGHS: League – 2,061,889 (1997); Team – Rancho Cucamonga - 446,146 (1995)

   Total attendance fell 11,224 (0.7%) to 1,582,174. There has been a decline in California League attendance in
    10 of the last 15 seasons. 6 teams had gains in total attendance in 2012.

   Average per date for the league was down 10 to 2,293, with 6 individual teams posting increases.

   Since 1994, average per date in this league has ranged from a low of 2,158 in 2001 to a high of 2,988 in 1997.

   Lake Elsinore drew 227,000 to lead the league in attendance. The Storm topped 340,000 in each of their first 4
    years (1994-1997), but they have not drawn more than 290,000 in any season since then. However, they have
    surpassed 200,000 in all 19 years of operation.

   Rancho Cucamonga had the league’s best increases in total attendance (up 4,812), and average per date (up 69).
    In 2010, the Quakes, whose ballpark, located near the San Andreas Fault, is named ‘The Epicenter,’ ended a 17
    year run as the league’s attendance leader. Their attendance fell 116,086, which was the worst decline among
    U.S./Canadian based teams in 2010. The Quakes drew 150,687 in 2010, by far the lowest attendance in team
    history. Their previous low had been 266,773 in 2009. Rancho Cucamonga set the all-time record-high
    attendance for a California League team when they drew 446,146 in 1995, selling 97% of available seats that year.
    They topped 300,000 each year from 1993 through 2000. In 2012, they drew 160,715.
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   The Modesto Nuts ended a 5 year streak of record-high seasons. But they did achieve their 3 best total ever.
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   San Jose also drew their 3 highest total ever. The Giants topped 200,000 for the 4 straight year, and also for
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    just the 4 time in team history. This team failed to reach 100,000 in any year from 1974 through 1987.
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   Visalia set a record-high for the 4 straight year, attracting 118,625 in 2012. Until 2009, they shared
    professional baseball’s oldest existing season attendance record. That year, the Rawhide completed a
    ballpark renovation, and drew a team record-high 105,405. Their previous record of 104,311 was set in
    1947. When Visalia drew 83,452 in 2007, it was that city’s best attendance since 1951. Winston-Salem of the
    Carolina League also had their attendance high in 1947. They broke that old record when they moved into a new
    ballpark in 2010. In the Major Leagues, the Cincinnati Reds have gone the longest time since setting a team
    attendance record. Their all-time high was reached in 1976.

   Stockton drew 154,547 in 1947, and 145,804 in 1948. But attendance did not reach 120,000 again until 2005.
    They’ve topped 198,000 every year from that point on. Annual attendance in Stockton has more than doubled
    since a new park opened in 2005.

   Inland Empire, down 13,425 in total attendance, and down 156 per date, had the league’s worst declines.

   Bakersfield posted a small gain, but still had the lowest attendance (43,969) of any full-season NAPBL team.
    Their average per date of 637 was also lowest in the NAPBL. Their 2011 attendance of 40,056 was the lowest
    attendance by a California League team since Salinas attracted just 33,465 in 1990. The Blaze have surpassed
    100,000 just once since 1999. The biggest 2012 crowd in Bakersfield was 2,246, which was the only game all
    year where they drew above 1,612. Attendance topped 1,000 at just 8 games, and was below 500 at 31 games.
    But much better attendance is coming. A new ballpark in Bakersfield may be ready as soon as 2014.

   In their first two seasons (1991 and 1992), the High Desert Mavericks became the first California League team to
    top 200,000. But they have not done it since, and have been below 160,000 for 18 years in a row.

   Weather, other than heat in certain cities, is rarely a problem in the California League. There were only 10 lost
    dates in the league in 2012. There were 8 lost dates in 2011, 9 dates were lost in 2010, and just 6 dates were
    rained out in 2009. In recent years, the most rainouts in the league were 23 in 1998 and 22 in 2003.

   In 1965, the 6 team California League had a total attendance of 128,836, averaging just 21,743 per team, and 333
    per home date. San Jose led the league in attendance that year, drawing 34,517.
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CAROLINA LEAGUE (FULL-SEASON A) (8 teams -- 140 game schedule)
RECORD HIGHS: League – 1,877,081 (2012); Team – Durham - 390,486 (1995)

   The league set new records for total attendance (1,877,081), and average per date (3,522) in 2012. The old
    records of 1,816,193 for total attendance, and 3,519 in average per date, were achieved in 1995. There were 14
    more dates in 2012 than in 2011.

   2012 total attendance rose 87,450 (4.9%), and average per date was up 74. Carolina (Zebulon, NC) replaced
    Kinston. The 7 teams that played in the same location in the Carolina League in both 2012 and 2011 combined to
    post a 1.5% decline in total attendance, and a 143 decrease in average per date.

   3 teams had increases in total attendance, and 3 teams had gains in average per date. Carolina’s attendance was
    down when comparing the 2012 Carolina League team with the 2011 Southern League team at that location.

   Carolina attracted 225,577 in 2012, up 113,396 from what Kinston drew in 2011. The Southern League team that
    moved from Carolina to Pensacola in 2012 drew 255,216 in Zebulon in 2011. Teams in Zebulon have topped
    200,000 in all 20 years of operation.

   Frederick drew 311,805 to lead the league in total attendance and average per date. This was Frederick’s best
    total since 2001. Average per date rose by 302, the league’s best gain for the year. The Keys surpassed 250,000
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    for the 23 straight year. In their 24 year history, they’ve averaged nearly 4,500 per date.
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   Winston-Salem attracted 305,515, their 3 highest attendance ever. In 2010, the Dash opened their new
    ballpark a year later than expected, and easily set a new team record, drawing 312,313, with 19 sellouts.
    The team’s previous record had been 233,507 in 1947, which was the longest-standing season attendance
    record by a current Minor League franchise going into 2010. Veracruz, of the Mexican League, which set its
    record-high in 1964, then had the longest standing-record. But they set a new high mark in 2012. So now, the
    Mexico City Red Devils, whose record-high was set in 1967, have gone the longest time of any team since
    achieving their all-time record.

   2010 attendance in Winston-Salem was up 254,648 from 2009, which was the biggest increase in the Minor
    Leagues for that year. Construction delays and financial problems caused the park’s opening to be pushed back
    to 2010. The team offered refunds to everyone who had purchased tickets for the new ballpark, while they played
    the 2009 season in old Ernie Shore Field. Total 2009 attendance was just 57,665, the smallest attendance by any
    team in the Carolina League since Peninsula drew 41,107 in 1991. Winston-Salem’s attendance was down
    112,398 in 2009, the second worst decline among U.S. teams for that year.

   Potomac, up 20,832 to 191,928, had the best increase in total attendance. But the Nationals have reached
    200,000 just once in the last 13 years. They hope to have a new ballpark very soon.

   Salem, down 47,607 in total attendance, and down 801 in average per date, suffered the worst decreases in the
    league. Their streak of 8 consecutive seasons above 200,000 ended.

   Wilmington, DE has topped 285,000 in all 20 seasons they’ve played. The Blue Rocks led the Carolina League in
    attendance each year from 1998 through 2008.

   The current team in Myrtle Beach has topped 200,000 13 times in the last 14 years.

   Kinston played its last year in this league in 2011 before moving to Zebulon, NC. The last game in Kinston drew
    5,203. The Indians topped 130,000 only 8 times since 1963. Their highest attendance was 151,953 in 1997.

   Carolina League attendance has been very stable over the past 15 years. This followed a huge attendance boom
    for the league from the early 1980’s through the mid-1990’s. In 1982, the 8 team league drew 564,144, with 6 of
    its teams failing to reach 50,000 in attendance. By 1995, attendance for the 8 team league was 1,816,193, with 3
    teams topping 300,000.
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FLORIDA STATE LEAGUE (FULL-SEASON A) (12 teams -- 140 game schedule)
RECORD HIGHS: League – 1,296,962 (2011); Team – St. Petersburg - 202,383 (1989)

   The Florida State League is unique as most of its teams are operated by their Major League parent clubs. Every
    team except Daytona plays its home games in a Major League Spring Training ballpark.

   Bad weather resulted in 27 fewer dates being played in 2012 than in 2011. Total attendance declined 81,942 from
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    the record-high set in 2011. But the 2012 total was still the 2 best in Florida State League history. Since 2002,
    total attendance in this league is up 50%, while average per date is up 53%.

   3 teams had increases in total attendance, and 7 posted gains in average per date.
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   The league’s average attendance per date was down 50 to 1,592. Yet, this is the 2 best average in the league
    since at least 1993. However it is also the lowest average per date of any full-season NAPBL league. Only the
    short-season Appalachian League and the independent North American, Pecos, and Freedom Baseball Leagues
    averaged less.
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   Clearwater led the league in total attendance for the 8 time in the last 9 years, and set a new record-high
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    for the 7 straight year. The Threshers’ 2012 total of 177,297 was the highest attendance in the Florida
    State League since St. Petersburg drew 190,146 in 1990. Clearwater also became the first F.S.L. team to
    top 150,000 in 7 consecutive seasons. Next in line in this category is the former team from St. Petersburg,
    who did it 4 straight years (1988-1991).

   Bradenton had a small decline in 2012 to 101,528. But that total attendance was nearly double the 2010 figure.
    In 2011, the Marauders had the best increase in total attendance and average per date of any U.S./Canadian-
    based team. The ballpark in Bradenton, which is also the Spring Training home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, is
    getting a makeover for 2013.

   (Port) Charlotte had the league’s biggest decline in total attendance, down 48,958, and in average per date, down
    558. The Stone Crabs played 6 fewer dates in 2012 than in 2011.

   Lakeland’s attendance has nearly doubled since 2006.

   Daytona has topped 140,000 for 7 straight years.

   Since 1998, the Fort Myers Miracle have achieved the most seasons in the Florida State League (13) with
    attendance above 100,000. St. Petersburg, which no longer has a team in the league, had topped 100,000 for 21
    straight years, from 1977 through 1997.
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   Dunedin drew only 53,091, which was the 2 lowest attendance for any full-season NAPBL team. But this was
    their best total since 1998. The Blue Jays also had the league’s best increase in total attendance, up 9,943, and in
    average per date, up 176.

   Until losing their team to Port Charlotte in 2009, Vero Beach had been one of the smallest towns to have
    professional baseball. The all-time attendance record in Vero Beach was 95,300, set in 1991. In 1948, the
    Brooklyn Dodgers first came to Vero Beach for Spring Training. Dodgertown became not only a baseball facility,
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    but was also used by NFL teams as a training site. 2008 was the 61 and final year that the Dodgers held Spring
    Training in Vero Beach. They moved to a new site in Glendale, Arizona in 2009. Minor League Baseball now
    operates Dodgertown, and numerous business conferences are held there annually.

   The Palm Beach Cardinals and Jupiter Hammerheads share Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter. That ballpark is also
    used as a Spring Training site by the Florida Marlins and the St. Louis Cardinals. The Marlins and Cardinals Gulf
    Coast League affiliates play in the same complex. In a typical year, there are about 30 Major League spring
    training games, 140 Florida State League regular season games, and 60 Gulf Coast League games scheduled for
    Jupiter. Pro baseball’s busiest facility is also host to Minor League spring training, the fall Florida Instructional
    League, and high school and college games.
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MIDWEST LEAGUE (FULL-SEASON A) (16 teams -- 140 game schedule)
RECORD HIGHS: League – 4,184,843 (2010); Team – Dayton - 597,433 (2010)
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   The Midwest League had its 2 highest total attendance ever in 2012. Total attendance rose to 4,084,343, up
    101,061 (2.5%). This was the best gain in total attendance for any U.S. NAPBL league. This league’s attendance
    first topped one million in 1982, and 2 million in 1994. There were 34 more playing dates in 2012 than in 2011.

   Average attendance per date fell 24.

   9 teams had increases in total attendance, and 7 teams were up in average per date.
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   Dayton drew 588,689, their 13 straight year above 570,000. In their 13 year history, the Dragons have the
    13 highest season attendance totals ever in Class A.

   Dayton has sold out all 913 home games they’ve played, going back to Opening Day 2000. This is the
    longest sellout streak in North American pro sports history! The Boston Red Sox hold the Major League
    record of 793 consecutive sellouts of regular season games, plus 26 post-season games, a streak still active going
    into 2013. The Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA had 814 consecutive sellouts between 1977 and 1995, which had
    been the longest sellout streak in North American pro sports.

   In 2012, Dayton outdrew everyone, except for 4 Class AAA teams, and one Mexican League team. Only 2 teams
    below Class AAA (Round Rock, while it was in the Texas League before moving up to the Class AAA, and Frisco,
    also of the Class AA Texas League) have ever outdrawn Dayton in a single season since 2000.

   West Michigan held the record broken by Dayton in 2000. The Whitecaps, who play near Grand Rapids, topped
    500,000 for 5 straight years, including 1996, when they drew a then-Class A-record 547,701. In 1994, they first
    broke the Class A record of 463,039 set by Denver in 1949. They’ve surpassed 350,000 for 19 years in a row.
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   Fort Wayne had its 2 highest regular season attendance ever. If playoff games are included, they had their best
    total attendance in team history. The Tincaps have surpassed 200,000 in all 20 years of operation, and have
    topped 375,000 in each of the last 4 years.

   South Bend renovated its ballpark, and increased its attendance by 76,780 to 189,575, which is highest total there
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    since 2005. It is also the 3 best gain in 2012 among NAPBL teams. The Silver Hawks grew their average per
    date by 985. That’s the top increase among all U.S. NAPBL teams.

   Wisconsin (Appleton) has topped 240,000 in each of the last 4 seasons, a figure they had never reached before.
    Their ballpark is undergoing a major renovation for the 2013 season.

   Dayton (8,532 in 2012), Kane County (5,587), and West Michigan (5,179), are the only Class A teams to
    average more than 5,100 per home date in each season from 2000 through 2012. Lakewood of the South
    Atlantic League has topped 6,000 per date each year of their history, which began in 2001. Fort Wayne and
    Lansing also averaged more than 5,200 per date in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. Dayton’s park has 7,230 seats.

   Lake County’s attendance rose in 2012, but total attendance for this Ohio team has fallen from 437,515 in 2003, to
    248,114 in 2012.
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   Clinton, a community-owned team, topped 100,000 for the 7 straight year. The LumberKings had failed to reach
    100,000 for 17 years in a row between 1989 and 2005. The team’s record-high is 127,251, set in 1988.

   Cedar Rapids had its lowest attendance since 2001.

   Quad Cities achieved its highest total since 1995.

   Burlington (IA) and Beloit always have fairly low attendance. The record-high in Burlington is 83,927, achieved in
    1994. Beloit drew a team record-high 101,127 in 1986, and has not topped 100,000 since then. Yet, both teams
    are profitable. They are community owned, mainly staffed by volunteers, and profits go into ballpark maintenance.
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   Lansing’s attendance has fallen from 538,325 in 1996 to 345,763 in 2012. But the Lugnuts have topped 330,000
    in all 17 years of operation.

   Kane County’s attendance had surpassed 400,000 for 18 straight years until 2012, and topped 500,000 each year
    from 2001 through 2006. The Cougars have averaged more than 7,000 per date 12 times in their history, and in
    2003, they had 18 crowds in excess of 10,000. But in 2012, their attendance was the lowest since 1993. The
    total attendance decline of 19,160, and the average per date loss of 536 were the worst in the league.

   The Midwest League’s single game attendance high is 32,103, set on July 29, 2008, when Kane County and Peoria
    played at Wrigley Field in Chicago. The top crowd at a Midwest League park was 14,872 in 2009 at Kane County.



SOUTH ATLANTIC LEAGUE (FULL-SEASON A) (14 teams -- 140 game schedule)
RECORD HIGHS: League - 3,862,077 (2007); Team – Lakewood – 482,206 (2001)

   Total attendance fell 69,837 (2.2%) in 2012, and average per date was down 79. There was one more playing
    date in 2012 than in 2011. 4 teams had gains in total attendance, and 3 teams had increases in average per date.

   Since 2000, total attendance in this league is up 56.3% (1,954,697 to 3,056,097), and average per date is up
    52.5% (2,150 to 3,279). But the 2012 total was the lowest since 2002 when this league had 16 teams. The
    average per date was the lowest since 2004.

   There were 16 teams in the S.A.L. when it set its all-time attendance record in 2007. Despite some small declines
    in recent years, and 2 fewer teams, the league has topped 3 million for 10 straight seasons. Attendance first
    reached one million in 1988, and topped 2 million for the first time in 1997.

   Lakewood led the league in both total attendance and average per date. They BlueClaws drew 410,113, which
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    was the 11 time in their 12 year history that they’ve topped 400,000. The only year they fell below this level was
    in 2011, when they lost 9 dates due to weather. They played 7 more home dates in 2012, and their total
    attendance gain of 28,043 was best in the league.

   The BlueClaws have led the South Atlantic League in total attendance 10 times in their 12 years of play, and in the
    2 years they didn’t have the top total attendance, they led the league in average per date. There have been 119
    crowds of at least 8,000 in Lakewood since 2001, and they’ve averaged over 6,000 per date every year.

   Greensboro had their lowest total since 2004. But they’ve surpassed 360,000 in total attendance, and averaged
    over 5,000 per date, in all 8 years in their current ballpark.

   Hagerstown had its lowest attendance since rejoining the Minor Leagues in 1981. The Suns also posted the
    largest losses in total (36,164), and average (565) in the league. They hope to have a new ballpark by 2015.
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   Kannapolis had the 2 best total attendance in their 18 year history.

   In 2006, Greenville (SC) got a new park, and posted the biggest total attendance gain by a U.S. based team.
    2012 Drive attendance was 347,042, up 231,881 from the 2005 total of 115,161. Greenville has surpassed
    320,000 in 7 straight seasons. They also had the league’s best gain in average per date in 2012, up 356.

   Charleston (SC) had never drawn 200,000 until 1997. The RiverDogs have topped 230,000 each year since then.

   Lexington (KY) drew less than 300,000 for the first time since they began play in 2001.

   A great team name in Minor League Baseball had a small gain. The Hickory Crawdads drew 132,696 in 2012.
    Hickory’s first season was 1993, the year they reached their record-high total of 283,727. They topped 200,000 in
    each of their first 4 years (1993-1996), but have not done it since.
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   The Delmarva Shorebirds had been the league leaders in attendance from their first season in 1996, through 2000.
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    In 2012, they finished 6 in the league in total attendance, drawing 231,194, their best total since 2002. The
    Shorebirds have surpassed 200,000 in all 17 years of operation.

   This league has some of the best gains ever for relocated teams. In their first season (2001), Lakewood drew
    482,206, an all-time high for a South Atlantic League team. It was also a 14 fold increase from the 32,641 this
    franchise attracted in 2000, when it was in Cape Fear, NC. Lake County OH, which is now in the Midwest League,
    drew 437,515, in 2003, their first year in Ohio. In 2002, the franchise drew just 52,103 in Columbus, GA.

   In 2002, Charleston, SC had a game with an official attendance of 0. It was a promotion called “Nobody Night” to
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    achieve the lowest attendance ever at any game. A party for fans was held outside the ballpark until after the 5
    inning, when the game became official. Fans were then admitted free. The old record for smallest ‘crowd’
    was 1, set by Oakland of the Pacific Coast League on November 8, 1905. Yes, November, and no promotion
    here. It was a rainy day. The P.C.L. used to have a very long schedule. In 1905, Oakland played 222 games.




NORTHWEST LEAGUE (SHORT-SEASON A) (8 teams -- 76 game schedule)
RECORD HIGHS: League – 1,088,382 (1998); Team – Portland – 249,995 (1996)

   Northwest League total attendance fell 17,205 (1.9%), and average per date was down 28. 3 teams had increases
    in total attendance, and 4 were also up in average per date. The league’s average per date was 2,979 in 2012.

   Only 3 dates were lost in 2012 due to weather. In 2011, there were no lost dates at all in this league.

   Total attendance in this league topped one million each year from 1995 through 2000, but has not reached it since.
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   Spokane led the league for the 13 straight year, attracting 179,880, 3 best among all short-season teams.
    The Indians have topped 100,000 for 27 straight years, and have drawn over 160,000 for 18 years in a row.
    Their ballpark, which opened in 1958, is undergoing a renovation to be completed for the 2013 season.

   Vancouver had its best attendance (164,461) as a short-season team, and also had the league’s best gain
    in total attendance (up 2,229) and average per date (up 177). In 1988, the Canadians set their all-time record
    of 386,220, while a member of the full-season Pacific Coast League.
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   Tri-City (Pasco, WA) attracted 86,095, their 6 straight record-high year as a Northwest League team.
    In 1997, Tri-City drew 109,101, in the independent Western Baseball League, which had a longer season.
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   Eugene had its 4 lowest total since 1985, but still topped 100,000 for the 28 straight year, the longest such streak
    by a short-season team. Their new park, on the campus of the University of Oregon, is smaller than their old one.

   Salem-Keizer has reached 100,000 in all years except 2010, in their 16 seasons of operation.

   Boise had the league’s biggest dip in total attendance (7,693) and average per date (202). Their attendance of
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    91,167 was their lowest total since 1988, and just their 3 under-100,000 total since 1989.

   Yakima drew 61,895 in their final year in that city. The record-high there was 86,822 in 1993. They move in 2013
    to a new 4,500 seat park in the Portland, OR suburb of Hillsboro. Northwest League teams were in Portland from
    1973-1977, and from 1995-2000. In 1996, Portland drew 249,995, an all-time high for this league, and at that time,
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    the highest attendance ever by any short-season team (broken by Brooklyn in 2001). For most of the 20 Century,
    and continuing through 2010, Portland was in the Pacific Coast League. Their record-high in that league was
    454,197 in 2002. That team played in PGE Park, which was one of the largest Minor League ballparks in the
    country, seating nearly 20,000. It has recently been renovated for use as a soccer stadium, renamed JELD-WEN
    Field, and is the home of the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer.
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NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE (SHORT-SEASON A) (14 teams -- 76 game schedule)
RECORD HIGHS: League – 1,890,053 (2002); Team – Brooklyn – 317,124 (2002)

   Total attendance fell 48,890 (2.8%) to 1,701,001, and average per date was down 217 to 3,290. That’s the lowest
    total and average in this league since 2001. The league had 18 more playing dates in 2012 than in 2011.

   7 teams in the league had gains in total attendance, and 3 teams saw growth in average per date.
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   Brooklyn drew 249,009 to lead all short-season teams for the 12 straight year. The Cyclones hold 12 of the
    16 highest total attendance figures for any short-season team (Aberdeen and Portland, OR each have 2). They
    have surpassed 3.3 million in attendance in team history, reaching that mark faster than any short-season team.

   In 2002, the Cyclones set the short-season record of 317,124, averaged 8,345 per date, and sold out every game.
    The Cyclones drew 289,382 in 2001, breaking the New York-Penn League mark set by Mahoning Valley (206,287)
    in 2000, and the short-season record of 249,995 set by Portland of the Northwest League in 1996.

   In 38 home dates in 2012, the Cyclones had a higher total attendance than 46 of 60 full-season Class A teams,
    10 of 30 Class AA teams, 12 of 16 Mexican League teams, and even the Class AAA Tucson Padres. All these
    teams played many more home dates than the Cyclones.

   Brooklyn averaged 6,553 per date. Just one team in Class A (Dayton), one in Class AA (Frisco), 2 in the Mexican
    League (Monterrey and Saltillo), and independent league team Sugar Land, had a higher average per date than
    Brooklyn. In fact, Brooklyn had a higher per date average than 16 of the 30 Class AAA teams. In their 12 year
    history, the Cyclones have averaged 7,633 per date, and 20 games have drawn better than 9,000.
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   The Aberdeen IronBirds, who are owned by Cal Ripken Jr., had another great year. They drew 244,974, the 3
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    best total in team history, and sold out, or nearly sold out, every game. The total and average per date were 2
    best for short-season teams. The IronBirds have topped 225,000 in all 11 seasons they’ve played.
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   Tri-City (Troy, NY) set a team record for the 9 straight year, drawing a record-high total of 159,966, with a
    franchise record 17 sellouts. The ValleyCats have posted a 54% increase in total attendance since 2003.
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   Lowell finished 3 in the league with a total of 168,239. In 2010, the Spinners ended a sellout streak of 413 games.

   Staten Island played 4 more dates than in 2011. But total attendance fell by 51,405, the biggest loss among short-
    season teams. Their average per date decline of 1,949 was the worst among all teams in the Minors in 2012.
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   Hudson Valley topped 4,000 in average per date for the 19 consecutive year. Their ballpark seats 4,494. The
    Renegades have drawn at least 138,000 every year since starting play in 1994. They also had the best increase
    among all short-season teams in total attendance in 2012, up 12,568.
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   The Auburn Doubledays had their 3 highest total attendance since 1991.

   Batavia posted its lowest total (33,443) since 1988. The Class AAA Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees played a few
    games in Batavia in 2012, as their ballpark was being rebuilt.

   Williamsport, whose classic Bowman Stadium opened in 1926, posted its lowest total attendance since 1999.
    Jamestown drew its smallest total since 1990. This team may move to Morgantown, WV in 2014.

   Mahoning Valley (Niles, OH) had the league’s best gain in average per date, up 53. But the total of 109,956 was
    their lowest ever. The Scrappers topped 200,000 in 1999 and 2000, their first 2 seasons, but haven’t done it since.

   Team relocations and new parks have resulted in a significant increase in New York-Penn League attendance in
    the past 19 years. In 1993, the league’s 14 teams drew a total attendance of 708,375, an average of 50,598 per
    team, and an average of 1,540 per home date. The 2012 attendance total of 1,701,001 is a gain of 140% from
    1993. 2012 average attendance per team was 121,500, and the average per home date was 3,290. In 2012,
    11 of the 14 teams in this league played in a ballpark that opened between 1994 and 2006.
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APPALACHIAN LEAGUE (SHORT-SEASON ROOKIE) (10 teams -- 68 game schedule)
RECORD HIGHS: League – 442,755 (1993); Team – Danville - 80,539 (1993)

   Bad weather hit the league hard in 2012. There were 35 lost dates, compared to just 5 lost dates in 2011.
    Total attendance went down 16,778 (5.7%), but average per date increased by 32.

   This league has small markets and parks, with capacity ranging from 1,500 in Elizabethton to 3,000 in Burlington.

   Due to the many rainouts, just 2 teams increased their total attendance. But 7 teams had average per date gains.
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   Greeneville, TN led the league in total attendance for the 9 year in a row, drawing 42,203, an average of 1,322 per
    date. This was the lowest total in the team’s 9 year history.

   Burlington, up 5,074, had the league’s top increase in total attendance. The Royals also had the best gain among
    all short-season teams in average per date, up 179, and were the league’s only team besides Greeneville to
    average over 1,000 per date.

   Bristol drew just 23,387, the lowest of any NAPBL team. Yet that was their best total since 1998.

   Kingsport had the largest decline in the league, down 5,580. The Mets played 5 fewer dates in 2012 than in 2011.
    Pulaski had the largest decline in average per date, down 199.

   Danville posted its lowest total since 2001.



PIONEER LEAGUE (SHORT-SEASON ROOKIE) (8 teams -- 76 game schedule)
RECORD HIGHS: League – 728,952 (2008); Team – Salt Lake City - 217,263 (1992)

   Moving Casper to Grand Junction resulted in a 24,166 (3.6%) increase in total attendance. The 7 cities that were
    in this league in both 2012 and 2011 had a combined loss of 29,338 (4.7%). Average per date was 2,317, up 88,
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    the best gain of any NAPBL league. It was the 5 time in the last 6 years that Pioneer League average per date
    topped 2,200. The league never reached 2,200 in average until 2007. Only 4 dates were lost to weather.

   2 teams, plus Grand Junction, had gains in total attendance, and in average per date.
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   Ogden led the league in total attendance for the 13 consecutive season. The Raptors have topped 100,000 for
    12 straight years. Ogden and Grand Junction have the largest parks in this league, with capacities of about 7,000.

   Missoula drew a team record-high 89,812, breaking a record set in 2010. The Osprey also had the league’s
    best total growth, up 3,499, and average per date gain, up 92, for teams playing in the same market in both years.

   Orem, down 16,615 had the league’s biggest decline in total attendance, and their 437 dip in average per date was
    also the league’s worst.

   The Casper Ghosts moved from Wyoming to Grand Junction, CO. They were renamed the Rockies, and drew
    101,496, a gain of 53,514 from their 2011 attendance of 47,982 in Casper. Average per date rose by 1,374.
    The highest attendance ever in Casper was 57,120 in 2010. The Rockies benefitted from an $8.3 million
    renovation of Suplizio Field in Grand Junction. That facility, originally opened in 1958, is also home to the National
    Junior College World Series.

   Idaho Falls has had a team each year since 1946. Their 6 top attendance totals have come in the last 6 years.

   Great Falls had its lowest attendance since 1979. Attendance there has been cut in half since 2003.

   The league’s record-high attendance noted above is for a short-season schedule. In 1948, the league drew a
    record-high 802,682 with its 8 teams playing a 126 game schedule, 50 more games than now.
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                                       2012 TOTAL     HOME       AVERAGE              2011 TOTAL          # CHANGE BALLPARK
TEAM                                 ATTENDANCE       DATES      PER DATE           ATTENDANCE          2012 vs. 2011 OPENED:

INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE (AAA)                                                     |
Buffalo Bisons                             515,898       70           7,370    |           521,530             (5,632)      1988
Charlotte Knights                          282,117       70           4,030    |           279,107              3,010       1990
Columbus (OH) Clippers                     611,223       70           8,732    |           591,884             19,339       2009
Durham Bulls                               483,593       71           6,811    |           462,682             20,911       1995
Gwinnett (GA) Braves                       327,584       70           4,680    |           351,565            (23,981)      2009
                                                                               |
Indianapolis Indians                        595,043     70            8,501    |           580,082             14,961       1996
Lehigh Valley (PA) IronPigs                 622,421     68            9,153    |           628,925             (6,504)      2008
Louisville Bats                             570,003     70            8,143    |           601,372            (31,369)      2000
Norfolk Tides                               389,188     70            5,560    |           397,889             (8,701)      1993
Pawtucket Red Sox                           521,023     69            7,551    |           578,930            (57,907)      1942
                                                                               |
Rochester Red Wings                         414,398     68            6,094    |           448,024            (33,626)      1997
Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees               272,168    69             3,944    |           298,098            (25,930)      1989
Syracuse Chiefs                             349,027     66            5,288    |           374,680            (25,653)      1997
Toledo Mud Hens                             550,900     70            7,870    |           549,438              1,462       2002
                                                                               |
LEAGUE TOTAL                              6,504,586    971            6,699    |         6,664,206           (159,620)
                                                                               |
*Scranton-Wilkes Barre played its 2012 home games in Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse, Lehigh Valley, Pawtucket, and Batavia
                                                                               |
PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (AAA)                                                     |
Albuquerque Isotopes                        568,417     70            8,120    |           578,328             (9,911)      2003
Colorado Springs Sky Sox                    334,245     68            4,915    |           339,009             (4,764)      1988
Fresno Grizzlies                            471,686     72            6,551    |           494,051            (22,365)      2002
Iowa (Des Moines) Cubs                      509,798     70            7,283    |           500,675              9,123       1992
Las Vegas 51s                               311,516     71            4,388    |           314,032             (2,516)      1983
                                                                               |
Memphis Redbirds                            493,706     71            6,954    |           493,528                178       2000
Nashville Sounds                            321,042     67            4,792    |           335,143            (14,101)      1978
New Orleans Zephyrs                         329,942     66            4,999    |           372,017            (42,075)      1997
Oklahoma (City) RedHawks                    399,965     71            5,633    |           378,877             21,088       1998
Omaha Storm Chasers                         415,650     70            5,938    |           410,326              5,324       2011
                                                                               |
Reno Aces                                   389,860     72            5,415    |           432,314            (42,454)      2009
Round Rock (TX) Express                     595,584     71            8,389    |           618,261            (22,677)      2000
Sacramento River Cats                       586,090     72            8,140    |           600,306            (14,216)      2000
Salt Lake (City) Bees                       515,633     72            7,162    |           437,769             77,864       1994
Tacoma Rainiers                             352,032     72            4,889    |           378,518            (26,486)      1960
Tucson Padres                               200,991     68            2,956    |           242,136            (41,145)      1998
                                                                               |
LEAGUE TOTAL                              6,796,157   1,123           6,052    |         6,925,290           (129,133)
                                                                               |
TOTAL -- CLASS AAA                       13,300,743   2,094           6,352    |        13,589,496           (288,753)
                                                                               |
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EASTERN LEAGUE (AA)                                                            |
Akron Aeros                                 256,473     68            3,772    |           266,265             (9,792)      1997
Altoona Curve                               270,613     63            4,295    |           285,906            (15,293)      1999
Binghamton Mets                             196,929     66            2,984    |           209,044            (12,115)      1992
Bowie Baysox                                248,210     68            3,650    |           255,832             (7,622)      1994
Erie SeaWolves                              208,725     69            3,025    |           224,443            (15,718)      1995
Harrisburg Senators                         280,964     68            4,132    |           291,248            (10,284)      2010
                                                                               |
New Britain Rock Cats                       339,100     67            5,061    |           363,759            (24,659)      1996
New Hampshire Fisher Cats                   377,317     68            5,549    |           373,482              3,835       2005
Portland (ME) Sea Dogs                      374,930     69            5,434    |           369,424              5,506       1994
Reading Phillies                            426,623     67            6,368    |           456,957            (30,334)      1950
Richmond Flying Squirrels                   438,002     70            6,257    |           447,520             (9,518)      1985
Trenton Thunder                             373,355     69            5,411    |           379,501             (6,146)      1994
                                                                               |
LEAGUE TOTAL                              3,791,241    812            4,669    |         3,923,381           (132,140)
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                                        2012 TOTAL    HOME       AVERAGE              2011 TOTAL      # CHANGE BALLPARK
TEAM                                  ATTENDANCE      DATES      PER DATE           ATTENDANCE      2012 vs. 2011 OPENED:

SOUTHERN LEAGUE (AA)                                                           |
Birmingham Barons                          204,269      68            3,004    |          261,623       (57,354)    1988
Chattanooga Lookouts                       243,051      69            3,522    |          224,974        18,077     2000
Huntsville Stars                           130,231      66            1,973    |           93,340        36,891     1985
Jackson (West Tenn) Generals               133,352      65            2,052    |          106,689        26,663     1998
Jacksonville (FL) Suns                     293,013      68            4,309    |          309,310       (16,297)    2003
                                                                               |
Mississippi (Pearl) Braves                 191,639      66            2,904    |          191,653           (14)    2005
Mobile BayBears                            133,062      63            2,112    |          210,956       (77,894)    1997
Montgomery (AL) Biscuits                   244,976      65            3,769    |          256,403       (11,427)    2004
Pensacola Blue Wahoos*                     328,147      68            4,826    |          255,216        72,931     2012
Tennessee (Kodak) Smokies                  251,112      67            3,748    |          265,341       (14,229)    2000
                                                                               |
LEAGUE TOTAL                              2,152,852     665           3,237    |        2,175,505       (22,653)
                                                                               |
*Played as the Carolina Mudcats in 2011                                        |
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TEXAS LEAGUE (AA)                                                              |
Arkansas (Little Rock) Travelers           308,109      68            4,531    |          300,594         7,515     2007
Corpus Christi Hooks                       388,927      70            5,556    |          395,128        (6,201)    2005
Frisco RoughRiders                         488,224      69            7,076    |          509,331       (21,107)    2003
Midland (TX) RockHounds                    301,110      66            4,562    |          308,810        (7,700)    2002
                                                                               |
NW Arkansas Naturals                       321,254      69            4,656    |          310,613        10,641     2008
San Antonio Missions                       301,942      68            4,440    |          294,176         7,766     1994
Springfield (MO) Cardinals                 352,674      69            5,111    |          337,166        15,508     2003
Tulsa Drillers                             372,624      70            5,323    |          366,291         6,333     2010
                                                                               |
LEAGUE TOTAL                              2,834,864     549           5,164    |        2,822,109        12,755
                                                                               |
TOTAL CLASS AA                            8,778,957    2,026          4,333    |        8,920,995      (142,038)
                                                                               |
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CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (A)                                                          |
Bakersfield Blaze                           43,969      69              637    |           40,056         3,913     1941
High Desert (Adelanto) Mavericks           122,906      70            1,756    |          119,028         3,878     1991
Inland Empire (S. Bernadi.) 66ers          171,986      69            2,493    |          185,411       (13,425)    1996
Lake Elsinore Storm                        227,000      70            3,243    |          225,769         1,231     1994
Lancaster JetHawks                         151,558      69            2,196    |          147,129         4,429     1996
                                                                               |
Modesto Nuts                               175,918      69            2,550    |          180,785        (4,867)    1952
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes                    160,715      70            2,296    |          155,903         4,812     1993
San Jose Giants                            210,895      68            3,101    |          222,547       (11,652)    1942
Stockton Ports                             198,602      69            2,878    |          198,705          (103)    2005
Visalia Rawhide                            118,625      67            1,771    |          118,065           560     1946
                                                                               |
LEAGUE TOTAL                              1,582,174     690           2,293    |        1,593,398       (11,224)
                                                                               |
                                                                               |
CAROLINA LEAGUE (A)                                                            |
Carolina Mudcats*                          225,577      66            3,418    |          112,181       113,396     1991
Frederick Keys                             311,805      66            4,724    |          296,296        15,509     1990
Lynchburg Hillcats                         155,261      64            2,426    |          169,367       (14,106)    2004
Myrtle Beach Pelicans                      220,273      67            3,288    |          213,200         7,073     1999

Potomac Nationals                          191,928      65            2,953    |          171,096        20,832     1984
Salem Red Sox                              178,730      68            2,628    |          226,337       (47,607)    1995
Wilmington (DE) Blue Rocks                 287,992      68            4,235    |          288,738          (746)    1993
Winston-Salem Dash                         305,515      69            4,428    |          312,416        (6,901)    2010
                                                                               |
LEAGUE TOTAL                              1,877,081     533           3,522    |        1,789,631        87,450

*Operated as the Kinston Indians in 2011. Carolina drew 255,216 in the Southern League in 2011.
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                                        2012 TOTAL   HOME    AVERAGE          2011 TOTAL     # CHANGE BALLPARK
TEAM                                  ATTENDANCE     DATES   PER DATE       ATTENDANCE     2012 vs. 2011 OPENED:

FLORIDA STATE LEAGUE (A)                                                |
Bradenton Marauders                       101,528     67        1,515   |       103,978         (2,450)    1923
Brevard County Manatees                    89,512     63        1,421   |        93,903         (4,391)    1994
(Port) Charlotte Stone Crabs              117,417     61        1,925   |       166,375        (48,958)    1987
Clearwater Threshers                      177,297     69        2,570   |       177,117            180     2004
Daytona Beach Cubs                        143,131     61        2,346   |       154,557        (11,426)    1930
Dunedin Blue Jays                          53,091     64          830   |        43,148          9,943     1977
                                                                        |
Fort Myers Miracle                        121,452     66        1,840   |       122,328           (876)    1991
Jupiter Hammerheads                        73,337     65        1,128   |        82,071         (8,734)    1998
Lakeland Flying Tigers                     59,589     58        1,027   |        62,324         (2,735)    1966
Palm Beach Cardinals                       73,954     66        1,121   |        68,620          5,334     1998
St. Lucie Mets                             92,044     61        1,509   |       105,379        (13,335)    1988
Tampa Yankees                             112,668     62        1,817   |       117,162         (4,494)    1996
                                                                        |
LEAGUE TOTAL                             1,215,020    763       1,592   |      1,296,962       (81,942)
                                                                        |
                                                                        |
MIDWEST LEAGUE (A)                                                      |
Beloit Snappers                            68,867     68        1,013   |        66,982          1,885     1982
Bowling Green (KY) Hot Rods               233,208     68        3,430   |       237,070         (3,862)    2009
Burlington (IA) Bees                       58,195     68          856   |        54,284          3,911     1947
Cedar Rapids (IA) Kernels                 160,064     69        2,320   |       169,000         (8,936)    2002
Clinton LumberKings                       111,760     68        1,644   |       115,253         (3,493)    1937
                                                                        |
Dayton Dragons                            588,689     69        8,532   |       571,886         16,803     2000
Fort Wayne Tin Caps                       396,531     69        5,747   |       376,022         20,509     2009
Great Lakes (Midland, MI) Loons           259,160     70        3,702   |       264,249         (5,089)    2007
Kane County (IL) Cougars                  391,102     70        5,587   |       410,262        (19,160)    1991
Lake County (OH) Captains                 248,114     69        3,596   |       235,897         12,217     2003
                                                                        |
Lansing Lugnuts                           345,763     66        5,239   |       345,089            674     1996
Peoria Chiefs                             190,244     68        2,798   |       187,915          2,329     2002
Quad Cities River Bandits                 240,008     67        3,582   |       223,025         16,983     2004
South Bend Silver Hawks                   189,575     69        2,747   |       112,795         76,780     1988
West Michigan Whitecaps                   362,554     70        5,179   |       372,555        (10,001)    1994
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers                 240,509     67        3,590   |       240,998           (489)    1995
                                                                        |
LEAGUE TOTAL                             4,084,343   1,095      3,730   |      3,983,282       101,061
                                                                        |
                                                                        |
SOUTH ATLANTIC LEAGUE (A)                                               |
Asheville Tourists                        155,760     68        2,291   |       157,199         (1,439)    1992
Augusta (GA) GreenJackets                 182,124     64        2,846   |       200,115        (17,991)    1995
Charleston (SC) RiverDogs                 254,002     67        3,791   |       265,465        (11,463)    1997
Delmarva (Salisbury) Shorebirds           231,194     70        3,303   |       211,993         19,201     1996
Greensboro Grasshoppers                   367,077     67        5,479   |       388,218        (21,141)    2005
                                                                        |
Greenville (SC) Drive                     347,042     68        5,104   |       327,558         19,484     2006
Hagerstown Suns                            87,429     64        1,366   |       123,593        (36,164)    1931
Hickory Crawdads                          132,696     66        2,011   |       131,131          1,565     1993
Kannapolis Intimidators                   132,493     66        2,007   |       138,487         (5,994)    1995
Lakewood (NJ) BlueClaws                   410,113     68        6,031   |       382,070         28,043     2001
                                                                        |
Lexington (KY) Legends                    295,937     68        4,352   |       312,349        (16,412)    2001
Rome (GA) Braves                          184,983     66        2,803   |       186,345         (1,362)    2003
Savannah Sand Gnats                       117,372     63        1,863   |       135,415        (18,043)    1941
West Virginia (Charleston) Power          157,875     67        2,356   |       165,996         (8,121)    2005
                                                                        |
LEAGUE TOTAL                             3,056,097    932       3,279   |      3,125,934       (69,837)
                                                                        |
TOTAL FULL SEASON A                     11,814,715   4,013      2,944   |     11,789,207        25,508
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                                        2012 TOTAL   HOME    AVERAGE          2011 TOTAL     # CHANGE BALLPARK
TEAM                                  ATTENDANCE     DATES   PER DATE       ATTENDANCE     2012 vs. 2011 OPENED:

NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE (Short A)                                          |
Aberdeen IronBirds                        244,974     38        6,447   |       242,723          2,251     2002
Auburn Doubledays                          55,810     38        1,469   |        48,429          7,381     1995
Batavia Muckdogs                           33,443     37          904   |        37,029         (3,586)    1996
Brooklyn Cyclones                         249,009     38        6,553   |       245,087          3,922     2001
Connecticut (Norwich) Tigers               58,086     35        1,660   |        62,317         (4,231)    1995
                                                                        |
Hudson Valley (NY) Renegades              161,811     37        4,373   |       149,243        12,568      1994
Jamestown Jammers                          36,078     35        1,031   |        42,086        (6,008)     1941
Lowell Spinners                           168,239     37        4,547   |       167,222         1,017      2000
Mahoning Valley (OH) Scrappers            109,956     36        3,054   |       111,048        (1,092)     1999
State College Spikes                      129,588     37        3,502   |       139,007        (9,419)     2006
                                                                        |
Staten Island Yankees                     141,163     38        3,715   |       192,568        (51,405)    2001
Tri-City (Troy, NY) ValleyCats            159,966     38        4,210   |       156,297          3,669     2002
Vermont Lake Monsters                      89,977     36        2,499   |        88,711          1,266     1922
Williamsport Crosscutters                  62,901     37        1,700   |        68,124         (5,223)    1923
                                                                        |
LEAGUE TOTAL                             1,701,001    517       3,290   |      1,749,891       (48,890)
                                                                        |
                                                                        |
NORTHWEST LEAGUE (Short A)                                              |
Boise Hawks                                91,167     38        2,399   |        98,860         (7,693)    1989
Eugene Emeralds                           115,569     38        3,041   |       114,690            879     2010
Everett AquaSox                            95,929     36        2,665   |        96,345           (416)    1984
Salem-Keizer (OR) Volcanoes               101,785     38        2,679   |       105,973         (4,188)    1997
                                                                        |
Spokane Indians                           179,880     38        4,734   |       183,458         (3,578)    1958
Tri-City (Pasco, WA) Dust Devils           86,095     38        2,266   |        85,953            142     1995
Vancouver (BC) Canadians                  164,461     37        4,445   |       162,162          2,299     1951
Yakima Bears                               61,895     38        1,629   |        66,545         (4,650)    1993
                                                                        |
LEAGUE TOTAL                              896,781     301       2,979   |       913,986        (17,205)
                                                                        |
                                                                        |
APPALACHIAN LEAGUE (Rookie)                                             |
Bluefield (WV) Blue Jays                   23,890     28          853   |        26,395         (2,505)    1939
Bristol (VA) White Sox                     23,387     28          835   |        22,433            954     1969
Burlington (NC) Royals                     33,501     33        1,015   |        28,427          5,074     1960
Danville (VA) Braves                       27,628     31          891   |        28,523           (895)    1993
Elizabethton (TN) Twins                    25,430     29          877   |        28,900         (3,470)    1974
                                                                        |
Greeneville (TN) Astros                    42,303     32        1,322   |        45,015         (2,712)    2004
Johnson City (TN) Cardinals                24,827     31          801   |        25,961         (1,134)    1956
Kingsport (TN) Mets                        26,408     29          911   |        31,988         (5,580)    1995
Princeton (WV) Rays                        26,110     32          816   |        27,685         (1,575)    1988
Pulaski Mariners                           25,301     32          791   |        30,236         (4,935)    1935
                                                                        |
LEAGUE TOTAL                              278,785     305        914    |       295,563        (16,778)
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                                         2012 TOTAL   HOME     AVERAGE          2011 TOTAL      # CHANGE BALLPARK
TEAM                                   ATTENDANCE     DATES    PER DATE       ATTENDANCE      2012 vs. 2011 OPENED:

PIONEER LEAGUE (Rookie)                                                   |
Billings Mustangs                          112,602     37         3,043   |       109,881           2,721      2008
Grand Junction Rockies*                    101,496     38         2,671   |        47,982          53,514      1958
Great Falls (MT) Voyagers                   56,869     38         1,497   |        59,884          (3,015)     1956
Helena Brewers                              33,428     38           880   |        37,484          (4,056)     1939
                                                                          |
Idaho Falls Chukars                         89,828     37         2,428   |        94,518          (4,690)     2007
Missoula Osprey                             89,812     38         2,363   |        86,313           3,499      2004
Ogden Raptors                              123,625     36         3,434   |       130,817          (7,192)     1997
Orem (UT) Owlz                              87,392     38         2,300   |       104,007         (16,615)     2005
                                                                          |
LEAGUE TOTAL                               695,052     300        2,317   |       670,886          24,166
                                                                          |
*Played as the Casper Ghosts in 2011                                      |
                                                                          |
TOTAL SHORT A & ROOKIE                    3,571,619   1,423       2,510   |      3,630,326        (58,707)
                                                                          |
                                                                          |
                                                                          |
MEXICAN LEAGUE                                                            |
Aguascalientes Railroadmen                 159,414     51         3,126   |          ------          ------    1938
Campeche Pirates                           122,336     53         2,308   |        98,997          23,339      2001
Cancun (Quintana Roo) Tigers               164,462     53         3,103   |       151,698          12,764
Carmen Dolphins                            227,143     54         4,206   |          ------          ------
Laguna Cowboys                             176,762     52         3,399   |       249,548         (72,786)     1932
                                                                          |
Mexico City Red Devils                     245,894     53         4,640   |       330,626         (84,732)     1993
Minatitlan Oilers                           73,247     51         1,436   |       101,318         (28,071)     1992
Monclova (del Norte) Steelers              323,728     53         6,108   |       307,580          16,148      1975
Monterrey Sultans                          645,302     57        11,321   |       430,420         214,882      1990
Oaxaca Warriors                            172,056     49         3,511   |       174,856          (2,800)     1950
                                                                          |
Puebla Parrots                             287,178     48         5,983   |       363,011         (75,833)     1972
Reynosa Broncos                            195,154     59         3,308   |       156,714          38,440      1963
Saltillo Sarape Makers                     467,899     54         8,665   |       429,343          38,556      1963
Tabasco Cattlemen                          170,966     52         3,288   |       130,752          40,214      1964
Veracruz Aguila Reds                       245,057     57         4,299   |       194,831          50,226      1992
Yucatan Lions                              137,750     53         2,599   |       202,335         (64,585)     1982
                                                                          |
LEAGUE TOTAL                              3,814,348    849        4,493   |      3,322,029        492,319
                                                                          |
*Aguascalientes and Carmen did not operate in 2011                        |
                                                                          |
                                                                          |
                                                                          |
                                                                          |
TOTAL- ALL NAPBL LEAGUES                41,280,382    10,405     3,967    |    41,252,053         28,329
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                                    TOTAL ATTENDANCE                               |       AVERAGE PER DATE
                                                                                   |
                                                    Change-2012 vs. 2011           |                          # Change
League                   2012         2011                  #          %           |   2012     2011        2012 vs. 2011
                                                                                   |
International           6,504,586    6,664,206         (159,620)         (2.4)     |   6,699    6,956           (257)
Pacific Coast           6,796,157    6,925,290         (129,133)         (1.9)     |   6,052    6,156           (104)
                                                                                   |
AAA Total              13,300,743   13,589,496         (288,753)         (2.1)     |   6,352    6,524           (172)
                                                                                   |
Mexican                 3,814,348    3,322,029          492,319          14.8      |   4,493    4,719           (226)
                                                                                   |
Eastern                 3,791,241    3,923,381         (132,140)         (3.4)     |   4,669    4,868           (199)
Southern                2,152,852    2,175,505          (22,653)         (1.0)     |   3,237    3,242             (5)
Texas                   2,834,864    2,822,109           12,755           0.5      |   5,164    5,207            (43)
                                                                                   |
AA Total                8,778,957    8,920,995         (142,038)         (1.6)     |   4,333    4,419            (86)
                                                                                   |
California              1,582,174    1,593,398          (11,224)         (0.7)     |   2,293    2,303            (10)
Carolina                1,877,081    1,789,631           87,450           4.9      |   3,522    3,448             74
Florida State           1,215,020    1,296,962          (81,942)         (6.3)     |   1,592    1,642            (50)
Midwest                 4,084,343    3,983,282          101,061           2.5      |   3,730    3,754            (24)
South Atlantic          3,056,097    3,125,934          (69,837)         (2.2)     |   3,279    3,358            (79)
                                                                                   |
Full Season A Total    11,814,715   11,789,207           25,508           0.2      |   2,944    2,952             (8)
                                                                                   |
New York - Penn         1,701,001    1,749,891          (48,890)         (2.8)     |   3,290    3,507           (217)
Northwest                 896,781      913,986          (17,205)         (1.9)     |   2,979    3,007            (28)
Appalachian               278,785      295,563          (16,778)         (5.7)     |    914      882              32
Pioneer                   695,052      670,886           24,166           3.6      |   2,317    2,229             88
                                                                                   |
Short Season Total      3,571,619    3,630,326          (58,707)         (1.6)     |   2,510    2,523            (13)
                                                                                   |
                                                                                   |
NAPBL TOTAL            41,280,382   41,252,053           28,329           0.1      |   3,967    4,029            (62)
                                                                                   |
INDEPENDENT LEAGUES                                                                |
American Association 2,244,238       2,162,269           81,969           3.8      |   3,512    3,152            360
Atlantic             2,367,578       1,948,321          419,257          21.5      |   4,409    4,085            324
Canadian-American      494,698         627,113         (132,415)        (21.1)     |   2,087    1,850            237
Frontier             1,548,970       1,411,913          137,057           9.7      |   2,387    2,535           (148)
                                                                                   |
North American            420,100      642,963         (222,863)        (34.7)     |   1,114    1,724            (610)
Pecos Baseball             52,350       38,198           14,152          37.0      |    257       201             56
Freedom Pro                   N/A      ----------        ----------   ----------   |    N/A    ----------      ----------
                                                                                   |
Independent Total       7,127,934    6,830,777          297,157           4.4      |   2,697    2,605            92
                                                                                   |
                                                                                   |
GRAND TOTAL            48,408,316   48,082,830          325,486           0.7      |   3,710    3,739            (29)


Sources: Minor League Baseball (NAPBL), Independent Leagues
2012 MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ATTENDANCE                                                                    Page 47

INDEPENDENT LEAGUE HIGHLIGHTS

INDEPENDENT LEAGUES OVERVIEW

        There were far fewer changes among the independent leagues in 2012, than what took place going into the
2011 season. All leagues that operated in 2011 also were in operation in 2012. The Freedom Pro Baseball League,
based in Arizona, played its first season in 2012. That league, which had 4 teams, did not report attendance. All of
the independent leagues made changes in their rosters of teams in 2012. These changes will be noted in the
individual league summaries on the following pages.

   In 2012 there were 7 independent leagues. 6 of them, with 55 teams playing home games, reported attendance.
    The attendance for the Pecos Baseball League was provided by the league office, is estimated, and does not
    include ‘no-shows.’ 6 independent leagues, also with 55 teams that recorded attendance, operated in 2011.

   Total independent leagues 2012 attendance was 7,127,934, up 297,157 (4.4%). The combined independent
    leagues record-high is 8,485,921, set in 2007. In 2012, independent leagues recorded attendance for 21 more
    dates than in 2011, but combined to play 470 fewer dates than in 2007.

   Combined 2012 average attendance per date for the independent leagues was 2,697. This is up 92 from 2011.
    The all-time combined high average per date for independent leagues is 3,000, set in 2004. The record-high
    average per date for a post-1992 independent league was 4,621 by the Northern League in 2008.

   The American Association, and the Frontier, Atlantic, and Pecos Baseball Leagues all set record-highs in
    total attendance in 2012.

   46 independent league teams were in the same market, but not necessarily in the same league, in 2012 as in
    2011. 20 of them had 2012 gains in total attendance, while 26 were down. Average attendance per date
    increased for 17 of those teams, and 29 had declines.


   NOTE ON LEAGUE AND TEAM RECORDS LISTED IN THIS SECTION: The number of teams in each league,
    and the number of games scheduled, can vary from year to year among independent leagues. This can have a
    significant impact on league and team totals.



LEAGUES THAT DISBANDED AFTER 2010

Many of the teams from the leagues listed below moved to other independent leagues for the 2011 season.

GOLDEN BASEBALL LEAGUE (10 teams – 90 game schedule in 2010)
RECORD HIGHS: League – 742,394 (2010) 10 teams; Team – Tucson -- 139,149 (2009)

NORTHERN LEAGUE (8 teams -- 100 game schedule in 2010)
RECORD HIGHS: League – 2,189,151 (2005) 12 teams; Team – Winnipeg – 323,141 (2004)

UNITED BASEBALL LEAGUE (6 teams – 92 game schedule in 2010)
RECORD HIGHS: League – 549,014 (2007) 6 teams; Team – Amarillo – 159,332 (2008)

CONTINENTAL BASEBALL LEAGUE (4 teams – League disbanded prior to the end of the 2010 season)
RECORD HIGHS: League – 64,659 (2009); Team – Alexandria, LA – 45,727 (2009)


A NEW LEAGUE FOR 2013

         A new independent league, the American West Baseball League expects to begin play in 2013. It will have at
least 4 teams – Fullerton, Long Beach and San Marcos, all in California, and Yuma, Arizona, in its first season. Teams
that had been in the North American League may be added, and the league wants to expand to Northern California.
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INDEPENDENT LEAGUE HIGHLIGHTS

              INDEPENDENT LEAGUES – COMBINED YEARLY ATTENDANCE AND TEAM LEADERS

           # of        # of         Total             Team Leader              Total       Team Leader          Avg.
Year     Leagues      Teams      Attendance           Total Attendance      Attendance     Avg. per Date       Attend.
1993        2           12          734,067           St. Paul                167,956      N/A
1994        5           30        1,931,353           St. Paul                241,069      N/A
1995        11          65        3,081,866           St. Paul                258,297      N/A
1996        9           63        3,454,557           St. Paul                267,009      St. Paul             6,212
1997        8           58        3,506,264           St. Paul                240,514      St. Paul             6,329

1998          7         49        3,866,809           Bridgeport              296,145      St. Paul             6,330
1999          6         44        4,871,797           Bridgeport              342,857      St. Paul             6,329
2000          6         50        5,581,833           Long Island             436,361      Winnipeg             6,465
2001          7         52        5,997,439           Long Island             443,142      Winnipeg             6,491
2002          6         50        6,410,071           Long Island             437,212      St. Paul             6,263

2003          8         63        6,558,149           Long Island             421,359      Winnipeg             7,161
2004          5         45        6,557,875           Long Island             440,540      Winnipeg             7,027
2005          6         54        7,518,121           Long Island             429,218      Winnipeg             6,867
2006          7         55        7,558,436           Long Island             419,150      Winnipeg             6,504
2007          9         67        8,485,921           Long Island             427,536      Winnipeg             6,542

2008          8         61        8,312,669           Long Island             416,752      Winnipeg             6,464
2009          8         61        7,965,185           Long Island             414,973      Winnipeg             6,180
2010          7         60        8,105,046           Long Island             410,619      Long Island          6,039
2011          6         55        6,830,777           Long Island             382,027      Winnipeg             5,740
2012          6         55        7,127,934           Sugar Land              465,511      Sugar Land           6,650


   Number of leagues and teams only includes those that had attendance recorded. It includes leagues and teams
that compiled attendance but disbanded prior to the end of their seasons. In 1995, there were 13 teams that folded
before completing their seasons. 11 teams, including all 8 in the Canadian League, didn’t finish their seasons in 2003.

        Bridgeport, Long Island, and Sugar Land play in the Atlantic League, which has the longest season of any
independent league. In most years, teams in the Atlantic League were scheduled for 70 home games. Other
independent leagues have in recent years had 48-50 home games per team each season. In some cases, leagues
had a team that only played road games, so the rest of the teams in the league played a few extra home dates.


       The table below shows which non-Atlantic League, independent league team had the highest total attendance
each year since 1998.

       Year       Team                    Attendance                Year   Team                    Attendance
       1998       St. Paul                  272,210                 2006   Winnipeg                  312,213
       1999       St. Paul                  265,818                 2007   Winnipeg                  300,938
       2000       Winnipeg                  271,513                 2008   St. Paul                  286,796
       2001       Winnipeg                  292,095                 2009   Winnipeg                  278,099

       2002       Winnipeg                  303,786                 2010   Winnipeg                  271,399
       2003       Winnipeg                  300,760                 2011   Winnipeg                  275,521
       2004       Winnipeg                  323,241                 2012   Winnipeg                  285,263
       2005       Winnipeg                  322,758
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INDEPENDENT LEAGUE HIGHLIGHTS

ATLANTIC LEAGUE (8 teams -- 140 game schedule)
RECORD HIGHS: League – 2,367,578 (2012) 8 teams; Team – Sugar Land – 465,511 (2012)

   This league has always played the longest schedule among modern (post-1992) independent leagues.

   Atlantic League attendance rose 419,257 (21.5%) to 2,367,578 in 2012. This is the highest total attendance
    by any modern-day independent league. The old Atlantic League and independent record was 2,208,734 in
    2008. The addition of a team in Sugar Land, TX, a suburb of Houston, was the main reason for the gain.

   Average attendance per date was a league record-high 4,409, up 324, breaking the league record of 4,153 in
    2007. The all-time high average per date for any independent league is 4,621, by the Northern League in 2008.

   The league played 60 more dates in 2012, but the 7 returning teams (excludes Sugar Land) had a combined 10
    fewer dates.

   If only the 7 teams that played in the league in both 2012 and 2011 are compared, total attendance for the league
    fell 46,254 (2.4%), and the average per date was down by 12.

   2 teams had increases in total attendance, and 4 teams posted gains in average per date.

   Sugar Land played its first season and drew 465,511, the highest total attendance ever by a modern
    independent team. The Skeeters also averaged 6,650 per date, which was the best among all independent
    league teams in 2012. The old independent team total attendance record was 443,142, set by Long Island in
    2001. The independent record-high for average per date is 7,161 by Winnipeg in 2003.

   Long Island (Central Islip, NY) did not lead the league in attendance for the first time in their 13 year history.
    They had their lowest total ever, and ended a 12 year streak as the independent league team with the highest
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    total attendance. But the Ducks have still topped 375,000 every year, and had the 2 best independent total
    attendance in 2012. In their history, the Ducks have averaged 6,003 per date, which is just over 100% of their
    ballpark’s capacity. They’ve had 615 ‘above seating-capacity’ sellouts in 909 dates, including 14 in 2012.

   Somerset (Bridgewater, NJ) had the league’s biggest decline, 21,787, due to 5 fewer dates played in 2012 than in
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    2011. Yet they still drew 350,295, 3 highest among independent teams. The Patriots have attracted more than
    335,000 in all 14 seasons of operation. Average per date at Somerset was up 67 to 5,308 in 2012.
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   Lancaster had 3 fewer dates, and drew a team-low total of 307,431. But that still was the 4 highest independent
    team attendance. The Barnstormers have topped 300,000 in each season since their debut in 2005. This is quite
    an achievement considering that 3 successful teams, in terms of attendance (Reading, Harrisburg, York), play less
    than 40 miles from Lancaster.

   York, owned by Hall-of-Famer Brooks Robinson, has exceeded 260,000 in each of the past 5 years. They had a
    180 gain in average per date, the best increase in the league in 2012.

   Southern Maryland had a 14,959 increase in total attendance, the league’s best 2012 gain in that category.

   Camden, NJ has a reputation as an economically depressed city. The Riversharks had the smallest total in the
    team’s 12 year history in 2012, but they still have drawn at least 230,000 every year.

   Bridgeport had another decline in 2012. Bluefish attendance has fallen from 342,857 in 1999 to a record-low
    132,139 in 2012. Average per date fell 223, the worst loss in the league. Part of the cause of the long-term
    decline may be the arena that opened next to the ballpark. It is home to minor league hockey and college
    basketball, so the Bluefish have more competition for the sporting events dollar.

   The league is looking to expand, possibly to Loudon County, Virginia, near Washington, and to Malden, MA.
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INDEPENDENT LEAGUE HIGHLIGHTS

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION (13 teams - 100 game schedule - Play an interleague schedule with the Can-Am League)
RECORD HIGHS: League – 2,244,238 (2012) 13 teams; Team – St Paul -- 297,834 (2007)

   The league played with 13 teams in 2012, compared to 14 in 2011. Some games were played with teams from the
    Can-Am League since both of these leagues had an uneven number of teams.

   This league began play in 2006. It is no relation to the Class AAA NAPBL league that played until 1998. Teams
    from that league were moved into the International and Pacific Coast Leagues. Nearly all of the teams from this
    American Association have played in other independent leagues, such as the Northern, Central, United, and
    Texas-Louisiana Leagues.

   Laredo joined the league in 2012. Fort Worth moved to the North American League, and Shreveport-Bossier did
    not operate.

   Total attendance rose 81,969 (3.8%) to a league record-high 2,244,238. The league had 47 fewer dates in
    2012 than in 2011. Average per date reached a league record-high 3,512, up 360. The average per date
    gain was the best of any minor league in 2012.

   7 of the 12 returning teams had gains in total attendance in 2012, and 5 were up in average per date.

   Winnipeg drew 285,263 to lead the league. The Goldeyes had led the old Northern League in attendance for 11
    straight years, and have had the best total attendance in this league in both years since joining. Winnipeg has
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    topped 270,000 for 13 years in a row. Their 2012 average per date was 5,705, 2 highest among independent
    teams. Winnipeg has averaged 6,370 per date since 2000, and has posted the best average per date among all
    independent league teams 10 times in the last 13 years.

   Sioux Falls, South Dakota had the best increase in total attendance among all independent teams, up 53,992.
    The Canaries moved back over 100,000 in 2012 after falling short of this figure in 2010 and 2011. They had
    topped 100,000 for 15 straight years prior to 2010. Their average per date gain of 1,102 was also tops among
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    independent teams, and 2 best among all Minor League teams.

   Grand Prairie, down 9,625, had the league’s largest total attendance decline.

   Sioux City, Iowa posted the worst dip in average per date, down 171. The Explorers also had the lowest total
    attendance (55,627) in team history. They had reached 100,000 in their first 10 years of operation, but have drawn
    below that figure for the past 7 seasons.
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   Laredo, which last played in the United League in 2010, and had the 2 best gain among independent
    teams that year, joined the American Association in 2012 and opened a new ballpark. They drew 187,845,
    a record-high for this Texas city in any league. A Mexican League team on the Mexico side of the border in
    Nuevo Laredo, drew 195,713 in 1987.
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   Fargo-Moorhead had its best total since 2002, and the 2 highest attendance in the team’s 17 years of play.

   St. Paul has been a big success since they began play in 1993. The Saints have topped 235,000 every year
    except their first. They had led this league in total attendance each year from 2006 through 2010, and once had a
    249 consecutive game sellout streak. All this despite playing only a few miles from the Minnesota Twins. A new
    ballpark is expected in St. Paul in the next few years.

   Kansas City, Kansas, another team playing close to a Major League franchise, has topped 200,000 in all 10 years
    of play, and they’ve averaged 5,443 per date during this period. The T-Bones have surpassed 244,000 in each of
    the past 8 seasons.
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INDEPENDENT LEAGUE HIGHLIGHTS

CAN-AM LEAGUE (5 teams) -- 100 game schedule – Play an interleague schedule with the American Association)
RECORD HIGHS: League – 1,040,107 (2007) 9 home teams;
Team – Brockton – 203,094 (2004) set in the Northeast League, Brockton – 190,675 (2005) in the Can-Am League

   The league played with 3 fewer teams in 2012 than in 2011. Brockton, Pittsfield, and the road team did not
    operate. There were 102 fewer dates played overall. The 5 returning teams had a combined 3 fewer dates.
    Due to the uneven number of teams, the league played an inter-league schedule with the American Association.
    This will be done again in 2013.

   Total attendance fell 132,415 (21.1%) to 494,698, due to fewer teams. But average per date was up 237 to 2,087.

   The 5 returning teams had a total attendance increase of 1,386 (0.3%), and an average per date gain of 32.

   3 teams posted total attendance increases, and there were also 3 teams up in average per date.
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   Rockland County drew 161,375 in their 2 year of operation to lead the league. That was the 5 highest total
    ever by a Can-Am League team. The Boulders’ total attendance gain of 37,857 was the best in this league, and
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    2 highest among all independent teams. Rockland also had the league’s top increase in average per date,
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    up 486. The average per date gain ranks 3 among independent teams in 2012.

   Quebec City had led the league in total attendance for 4 straight years until 2012. The Capitales have surpassed
    138,000 for 12 years in a row, and have topped 110,000 in all 14 years of this team’s history. Teams from Quebec
    City led the original Canadian-American League in attendance in 1949 and 1950, and had the best attendance in
    the Provincial League each year from 1951 through 1955.

   Worcester had the league’s biggest declines in total attendance (22,347), and average per date (417). Their total
    of 61,398 was the lowest in their 8 year history, and less than half of their 2005 record-high of 124,745. The
    Tornadoes had financial problems, and will not operate in 2013, but hope to return under new ownership in 2014.

   Brockton is another city that may return to the league someday. The Rox played their final Can-Am League
    season in 2011, and had the lowest attendance in team history, down more than 50% since 2004. That year, they
    set a franchise record attendance of 203,094, playing in the Northeast League, a predecessor to the Can-Am
    League. Brockton still holds the season attendance record of 190,675 for a Can-Am League team, set in 2005.

   Newark drew a shockingly low total of 32,056, just 668 per date. The Bears had played in the Atlantic League
    through the 2010 season. In 2010, they attracted 117,985, playing a long Atlantic League schedule. Their total
    attendance high was 243,255 in 2001, a year in which the Bears averaged 3,525 per date.

   In 2013, Trois Rivieres (Three Rivers), Quebec will replace Worcester. That city hosted 3 Can-Am League games
    in 2011. A minor league team has played in Trois Rivieres in 24 different seasons. They were a member of the
    original Canadian-American League in 1941, 1942, and from 1946 through 1950, and played in the Eastern League
    from 1971 through 1977. Their all-time attendance high was 119,751 in 1972. The last team in Trois Rivieres
    was in the Canadian League in 2003. That league only lasted 2 months.




FREEDOM PRO BASEBALL LEAGUE – (4 Teams 60 game schedule)

   This league played its first season in 2012. It had 4 teams, all in Arizona. No attendance data was reported, but
    crowds were very small. The original plan for this league was for 2 teams to have 45 home games, and the other
    2 teams would have 15 home games. Scottsdale ended up playing the most home dates – 43. None of the other
    teams had more than 19 dates. A total of 83 dates were played.

   In 2013, this league hopes to expand to 6 teams, adding 2 teams in the Phoenix area. Plans are for a 90 game
    schedule for each team.
2012 MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ATTENDANCE                                                                       Page 52

INDEPENDENT LEAGUE HIGHLIGHTS

FRONTIER LEAGUE (14 teams -- 96 game schedule – London only played a partial home schedule)
RECORD HIGHS: League – 1,548,970 (2012) 14 teams; Team – Southern Illinois – 259,392 (2007)

   This league added 2 teams in 2012, and drew a record-high total attendance of 1,548,970. It was a 137,057
    (9.7%) increase from 2011. The league’s old total attendance record was 1,503,220 in 2007. Attendance in this
    league first reached one million in 2003. It has topped 1.4 million for 6 years in a row.

   There were 92 more home dates in 2012 than a year earlier. Average attendance per date was 2,387, down 148.
    Some teams played extra home dates after London became a ‘road-only’ team.

   The 12 teams that played in the league in both 2012 and 2011 had a combined decline of 13,215 (0.9%).
    The returning 12 teams had 15 more dates than in 2011, and their average per date was 2,445, down 90.

   Since 2001, when the league grew to 12 teams, total attendance is up 115.4%, and average per date is up 61.0%.

   5 teams had increases in total attendance in 2012, and 4 teams posted gains in average per date.

   Schaumburg was one of the new teams in 2012. They drew 128,287, which was this city’s lowest total ever.
    They had topped 200,000 for 11 straight years as a member of the Northern League.

   London, Ontario returned as the other new team in the league, but only briefly. The Rippers played 26 home
    dates, and drew a total of 21,985, an average of 846 per date, before financial problems caused them to play the
    rest of their games on the road. London had been in this league from 1999 through 2001. There was an NAPBL
    Class AA Eastern League team there from 1989 through 1993, and their best attendance was 167,694 in 1990.

   The Southern Illinois (Marion) Miners have led this league in attendance in 4 of the 6 years they’ve operated,
    including 2011. They missed the league lead by just 259 in 2010, but did have the highest average per date.
    In 2007, the Miners became the first Frontier League team to average over 5,000 per date. However, they
    suffered a big downturn in 2012. Total attendance fell 51,640 to 129,936, the lowest in team history, and average
    per date declined by 1,039. Both of these declines were the worst among all independent teams in 2012.
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   River City (O’Fallon, MO) had the league’s best increase, up 36,028, which was also the 3 highest gain among
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    independent teams. Average per date rose 595, the 2 best increase in the independent leagues.

   Traverse City drew 175,284 to lead the league. The Beach Bums have topped 169,000 in all 7 years of play.

   Windy City (Crestwood, IL) has reached 100,000 just once in their 14 seasons.

   Gateway had its lowest attendance since 2002, but has topped 150,000 for 10 straight years. Rockford had its
    lowest total since 2003. Washington, PA drew 81,836, the first time in their 11 year history they failed to reach
    100,000. Joliet also had its lowest total ever, yet has still surpassed 100,000 in all 11 of their seasons.

   Evansville’s average per date rose 401. The Otters play at Bosse Field, which is the oldest home ballpark for any
    Minor League team. The first game there in 1915 drew 8,082. On August 18, 2012, the Otters had a crowd of
    8,120, the largest attendance ever for a game in this historic gem of a park.
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   The Frontier League celebrates its 20 anniversary in 2013. Along with the Northern League, they were the first
    independent leagues in decades. There were 8 Frontier League teams in 1993, 2 of which disbanded prior to the
    end of the season. Total attendance was 82,615, led by Zanesville, which drew 21,547. None of cities in the
    league that year are still in pro baseball. The Northern League had 6 teams, drawing 651,452, led by St. Paul, who
    attracted 167,956. St. Paul, Sioux City, and Sioux Falls are still active. They play in the American Association.

   There will be 14 teams in 2013. One will be a road-only team called the Frontier Greys.

   The Schaumburg Boomers are named for a male Great Prairie Chicken, a native of Illinois. Other chicken names
    in sports include Coastal Carolina University’s ‘Chanticleers’, from Chaucer’s ‘Canterbury Tales,’ described as a
    “proud and fierce rooster who dominates the barnyard.” University of Delaware teams are the ‘Blue Hens.’
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INDEPENDENT LEAGUE HIGHLIGHTS

NORTH AMERICAN BASEBALL LEAGUE (10 teams – One team only played road games – Length of schedule
varied by team. Number of home dates ranged from 28 to 56)
RECORD HIGHS: League – 642,963 (2011); Team – San Angelo – 115,735 (2012)

   This league played its first year in 2011, and underwent significant changes in its structure for 2012. Calgary,
    Chico, Edmonton, Lake County (Zion, IL), and Yuma did not return. Those 5 teams drew a combined 307,023 in
    2011. Fort Worth came over from the American Association. Hawaii (Hilo), Abilene, and San Rafael were added.
    Sonoma County joined the league as well, but only played road games.

   Total attendance was 420,100, down 222,863 (34.7%). This was the worst total and percentage decline of any
    Minor League in 2012. The league played 4 more dates in 2012 than in 2011.

   Average per date decreased 610 to 1,114. This was also the biggest decline of any minor league.

   The teams that played in both 2012 and in 2011 (includes Fort Worth) drew a combined 361,890 in 2012, down
    82,070 (18.5%). These teams played 278 dates in 2012, and averaged 1,302 per date, down 467 from 2011 when
    they combined to play 251 dates.

   2 teams were up in total attendance, led by McAllen, up 10,678. No team showed an increase in average per
    date, but San Angelo had the smallest decline, down 195.

   Fort Worth had its lowest attendance since 2001. Total attendance fell 50,424, and average per date was down
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    985. Both these figures were the 2 biggest losses among independent league teams.

   San Angelo led in total attendance, drawing 115,735. That is the highest total recorded by a team in this league in
    its 2 year history. San Angelo’s all-time record high is 150,770, set in 2000 in the Texas-Louisiana League.

   According to reports on the Web, this league disbanded after the 2012 season. The league Website has been
    taken down.



PECOS BASEBALL LEAGUE (6 Teams – 70 game schedule, all teams played at least 30 home dates)
RECORD HIGHS: League - 52,350 (2012) 6 teams; Team – Santa Fe – 15,552 (2012)

   Attendance figures were estimated by the league office. The Pecos League is the only Minor League that does
    not include no-shows in its attendance. This causes their announced attendance to be lower than it would be if
    they followed the attendance-listing procedures of other leagues.

   Santa Fe, NM, and Trinidad were added, replacing Ruidoso and the road team called Carlsbad.

   This league played its first season in 2011. Some games that year were played at neutral sites.

   Total estimated attendance was 52,350, up 14,152 (37.0%). Estimated average per date was 257, up 56.

   Santa Fe led the league in total attendance, and average per date, drawing 15,552, an average of 432 per date.

   Roswell averaged just 103 per date.

   Las Cruces was the only returning team with an increase in total attendance. They also had the only average gain.

   Roswell had the biggest loss in total attendance. Alpine had the worst average per date decline.

   This league expects to play with 10 teams in 2013. Las Cruces will be dropped. Carlsbad, Raton, Las Vegas,
    and Taos, all in New Mexico, along with Pecos, TX, will be added.
                                  2012 INDEPENDENT MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ATTENDANCE                                          Page 54

                                        2012 TOTAL      HOME       AVERAGE               2011 TOTAL          # CHANGE BALLPARK
TEAM                                  ATTENDANCE        DATES      PER DATE            ATTENDANCE          2012 vs. 2011 OPENED:

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION                                                                |
Amarillo Sox                                 133,380      50            2,668       |          138,865           (5,485)      1957
El Paso Diablos                              181,122      49            3,696       |          172,742            8,380       1990
Fargo - Moorhead RedHawks                    187,438      50            3,749       |          175,918           11,520       1996
Gary RailCats                                159,837      49            3,262       |          157,676            2,161       2003
Grand Prairie (TX) Airhogs                   108,236      47            2,303       |          117,861           (9,625)      2008
                                                                                    |
Kansas City (KS) T-Bones                        260,620     50            5,212     |          261,115              (495)     2003
Laredo Lemurs                                   187,845     49            3,834     |             ------            ------    2012
Lincoln Saltdogs                                160,986     48            3,354     |          157,647             3,339      2001
St. Paul Saints                                 240,616     49            4,911     |          240,206               410      1982
Sioux City (IA) Explorers                        55,627     49            1,135     |           64,000            (8,373)     1993
                                                                                    |
Sioux Falls (SD) Pheasants                      130,541     49            2,664     |           76,549           53,992       1964
Wichita (KS) Wingnuts                           152,727     50            3,055     |          159,239           (6,512)      1934
Winnipeg Goldeyes                               285,263     50            5,705     |          275,521            9,742       1999
                                                                                    |
LEAGUE TOTAL                                  2,244,238    639            3,512     |        2,162,269           81,969
Total listed for 2011 includes 56,910 for Shreveport-Bossier, which did not operate in 2012.
Total listed for 2011 includes 108,020 for Fort Worth which moved to the North American League in 2012.
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ATLANTIC LEAGUE                                                                     |
Bridgeport Bluefish                             132,139     65            2,033     |          151,168          (19,029)      1998
Camden Riversharks                              231,987     67            3,462     |          244,228          (12,241)      2001
Lancaster Barnstormers                          307,431     66            4,658     |          323,091          (15,660)      2005
Long Island (Central Islip) Ducks               377,473     68            5,551     |          382,027           (4,554)      2000
                                                                                    |
Somerset (NJ) Patriots                          350,295     66            5,308     |          372,082          (21,787)      1999
S. Maryland (Waldorf) Blue Crabs                229,094     68            3,369     |          214,135           14,959       2008
Sugar Land (TX) Skeeters                        465,511     70            6,650     |             ------           ------     2012
York Revolution                                 273,648     67            4,084     |          261,590           12,058       2007
                                                                                    |
LEAGUE TOTAL                                  2,367,578    537            4,409     |        1,948,321          419,257
Sugar Land played its first season in 2012.                                         |

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NORTH AMERICAN LEAGUE                                                            |
Abilene Prairie Dogs                          17,979      30              599    |              ------             ------     1997
Edinburg Roadrunners                          86,947      56            1,553    |           107,786            (20,839)      2001
Fort Worth Cats                               57,596      49            1,175    |           108,020            (50,424)      2002
Hawaii (Hilo) Stars                            8,820      28              315    |              ------             ------
Maui Na Koa Ikaika                            25,010      41              610    |            31,606             (6,596)      1973
                                                                                 |
McAllen Thunder                              29,082       28            1,039    |             18,404            10,678       2003
Rio Grande Valley White Wings                47,520       50              950    |             65,916           (18,396)      1950
San Angelo Colts                            115,735       54            2,143    |            112,228             3,507       2000
San Rafael Pacifics                          31,411       41              766    |              ------             ------
Sonoma County Grapes                     Road Team                               |
                                                                                 |
Calgary Vipers                                      x                            |            62,308                          1966
Chico Outlaws                                       x                            |            67,282                          1997
Edmonton Capitals                                   x                            |           102,253                          1995
Lake County (Zion, IL) Fielders                     x                            |            26,480                          2010
Yuma Scorpions                                      x                            |            48,700                          1969
                                                                                 |
LEAGUE TOTAL                                 420,100      377           1,114    |            642,963          (222,863)

Calgary, Chico, Edmonton, Lake County, and Yuma did not operate in 2012. 2011 league total is for all teams for that year.
Fort Worth played in the American Association in 2011. Their 2011 attendance is not included in the 2011 NAL total above.
Abilene, Hawaii, San Rafael, and Sonoma County did not play in 2011. Sonoma County was a road team in 2012.
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                                        2012 TOTAL     HOME       AVERAGE               2011 TOTAL          # CHANGE BALLPARK
TEAM                                  ATTENDANCE       DATES      PER DATE            ATTENDANCE          2012 vs. 2011 OPENED:

CAN-AM LEAGUE                                                                      |
Newark Bears                                  32,056      48              668      |           51,854           (19,798)     1998
New Jersey Jackals                            87,206      46            1,896      |           84,865             2,341      1998
Quebec (City) Capitales                      152,663      49            3,116      |          149,330             3,333      1938
Rockland Boulders                            161,375      49            3,293      |          123,518            37,857      2011
Worcester Tornadoes                           61,398      45            1,364      |           83,745           (22,347)     2005
                                                                                   |
Neutral Site - Trois Rivieres                        x                             |            2,535
Brockton Rox                                         x                             |           94,112
Pittsfield Colonials                                 x                             |           37,154
                                                                                   |
LEAGUE TOTAL                                   494,698     237            2,087 |             627,113          (132,415)
*Brockton and Pittsfield did not operate in 2012. This league also played teams from the American Association.

FRONTIER LEAGUE                                                                 |
Evansville Otters                            120,819      46           2,627    |             97,937            22,882       1915
Florence (KY) Freedom                         97,382      48           2,029    |             83,436            13,946       2004
Gateway (Sauget, IL) Grizzlies               150,745      47           3,207    |            166,072           (15,327)      2002
Joliet Slammers                              104,019      47           2,213    |            108,610            (4,591)      2002
Lake Erie (Avon, OH) Crushers                127,124      49           2,594    |            128,628            (1,504)      2009
                                                                                |
London (ONT) Rippers                         21,985      26              846    |              ------             ------     1940
Normal (IL) CornBelters                     119,936      46            2,607    |            114,917             5,019       2010
River City (O'Fallon, MO) Rascals           107,986      50            2,160    |             71,958            36,028       1999
Rockford RiverHawks                          97,453      50            1,949    |             97,678              (225)      2005
Schaumburg Boomers                          128,287      51            2,515    |              ------             ------     1999
                                                                                |
Southern IL (Marion) Miners                  129,936      46           2,825    |            181,576           (51,640)      2007
Traverse City Beach Bums                     175,284      50           3,506    |            169,739             5,545       2006
Washington (PA) Wild Things                   81,836      47           1,741    |            104,635           (22,799)      2002
Windy City ThunderBolts                       86,178      46           1,873    |             86,727              (549)      1999
                                                                                |
LEAGUE TOTAL*                            1,548,970    649            2,387      |          1,411,913           137,057
London and Schaumburg were inactive in 2011
London played only 26 home games and finished the season as a road team.


PECOS BASEBALL LEAGUE - Attendance is estimated by the league                 |
Alpine Cowboys                         8,520    30                       284  |               12,035             (3,515)     1947
Las Cruces Vaqueros                    6,592    32                       206  |                4,797              1,795
Roswell Invaders                       3,502    34                       103  |               10,350             (6,848)
Santa Fe Fuego                       15,552     36                       432  |                ------              ------
Trinidad Triggers                    10,624     32                       332  |                ------              ------
White Sands Pupfish                    7,560    40                       189  |                8,800             (1,240)
                                                                              |
Carlsbad Bats (Road Team)                          x                          |                  136               ------
Ruidoso Osos                                       x                          |                2,080               ------
                                                                              |
LEAGUE TOTAL                                  52,350   204             257    |               38,198            14,152
Carlsbad and Ruidoso did not operate in 2012. Santa Fe and Trinidad were added in 2012.


FREEDOM PRO BASEBALL LEAGUE - Attendance is not available
Montezuma Federals                    N/A                                       |              ------              ------
Phoenix Prospectors                   N/A                                       |              ------              ------    1964
Scottsdale Centennials                N/A                                       |              ------              ------    1992
Sonoran (Peoria) Explorers            N/A                                       |              ------              ------    1994
                                                                                |
LEAGUE TOTAL                                                                    |
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GRAND TOTAL                                                                     |
7 Independent Leagues in 2012             7,127,934       2,643       2,697     |         6,830,777           297,157

Independent leagues are not affiliated with Major League Baseball, or with the National Association.
Attendance for independent leagues was obtained from league Web sites, or from the league directly (Pecos League).
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        84 of the 176 current NAPBL teams set their all-time attendance records between 2005 and 2012. The
longest-standing records for individual team-high attendance by current teams are: Mexico City – Current team’s
record-high was set in 1967; Batavia – 1971; Bristol – 1976 as a short-season team. The longest known standing
records for current Minor League cities, but for a different team, are Newark (1932), and Savannah (1937). Veracruz
drew a record-high in 2012, breaking a mark set in 1964, which had been the longest-standing team record-high.

       This section lists the season record-high attendance figure for each team that played in an NAPBL or
independent league in 2012, and reported attendance. Many independent league teams shifted to different leagues in
2011. Pecos League data is estimated by the league office.

         The records listed are for each current team in its particular market. If there is information that a former team
in that same market had a higher record attendance than the current team’s record-high, it is listed in a footnote. This
usually occurs when a market that now has either a short-season or independent team, once was home to an NAPBL
full-season team, or in the case of the Brooklyn Cyclones, a Major League team. All short-season NAPBL leagues
that charge admission once played full-season schedules.

         There are a few cases of markets with a current full-season NAPBL team, where a former team holds that
market’s all-time attendance record. Richmond, Jupiter/Palm Beach, and Hagerstown are examples of that, and here
again, the attendance records of both the current and the former teams are listed.

        The data used to compile this section goes back to at least 1947 for all U.S./Canadian NAPBL teams, and in
                                                     th
some cases, as far back as the first decade of the 20 Century. For the Mexican League, the data begins in 1955,
when this league joined the NAPBL, after being independent. It also covers all seasons for all current independent
teams. Independent leagues started to return in 1993.

        Records set in 2012 are listed in bold. If 2012 was also the team’s first season, the figure is in italics.

          Since independent league teams often switch leagues, most independent league records listed are for the
independent league team in that city, regardless of the league it played in. Check the footnotes below each league’s
listing to see if a current independent league city once had an NAPBL team with a higher record attendance.


Sources

        Attendance data for NAPBL teams was obtained from The Sporting News Baseball Guides for the following
seasons: 1969-1980; 1989-1993; 1996. The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball provided data from 1902
through 1968, and 1981 through 1988 for U.S./Canadian NAPBL teams, Mexican League attendance from 1955
through 1993, and 1996, and independent league data from 1993 through 1997. NAPBL data for 1994, 1995, and
1997 through 2012 came from the office of Minor League Baseball.

        Thanks to Steve Densa, Executive Director of Communications for Minor League Baseball, for providing the
current NAPBL Minor League figures. Thanks also to Pete Palmer, editor of The ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia, for
providing some of the information. Data from independent leagues from 1998 through 2012 came from the Website of
each league in most cases, with the Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball providing the rest.


What’s Missing?

        The 1981 attendance for the Mexican League was not available. Hopefully, in the future, these figures can be
obtained. Also, attendance data from many leagues prior to 1947 is not available.


League Record-High Attendance

        The record-high attendance for all NAPBL and independent leagues can be found in the League and Team
Highlights sections of this report. Also listed there is the single season, individual team, all-time record-high in each
league.
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                                   INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE – CLASS AAA

  Team                      Record-High       Year          Team                      Record-High    Year
  Buffalo                    1,188,972        1991          Louisville                 1,052,438     1983
  Charlotte                    403,029        1993          Norfolk                      560,211     1995
  Columbus, OH                 666,797        2009          Pawtucket                    688,421     2005
  Durham                       520,952        2007          Rochester                    515,436     1998

  Gwinnett County, GA              423,556        2009        Scranton-Wilkes Barre     580,908      2007
  Indianapolis                     659,237        1998        Syracuse                  446,025      1999
  Lehigh Valley, PA                645,905        2010        Toledo                    590,159      2007
 Buffalo and Louisville set their records in the Class AAA American Association.



                                   PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE – CLASS AAA

  Team                      Record-High       Year          Team                      Record-High    Year
  Albuquerque                 602,129         2009          Oklahoma City               542,095      2005
  Colorado Springs            339,009         2011          Omaha                       449,753      1997
  Fresno                      563,079         2002          Reno                        466,606      2009
  Iowa                        576,310         2007          Round Rock                  700,277      2005

  Las Vegas                     386,310       1993          Sacramento                  901,214       2001
  Memphis                       887,976       2001          Salt Lake City              713,224       1994
  Nashville (a)                 556,250       1990          Tacoma                      378,518       2011
  New Orleans                   519,584       1998          Tucson                      317,347       1991
 (a) – Record-high set as a P.C.L. team. In 1980 Nashville drew 575,676 in the Class AA Southern League.
  Omaha set its record in the Class AAA American Association.



                                       EASTERN LEAGUE – CLASS AA

  Team                      Record-High     Year            Team                      Record-High    Year
  Akron                       522,459       1999            New Britain                 368,523      2010
  Altoona                     394,062       2004            New Hampshire               386,991      2009
  Binghamton                  259,183       1992            Portland, ME                434,684      2004
  Bowie                       463,976       1995            Reading                     486,570      2002
  Erie                        246,404       2001            Richmond (a)                463,842      2010
  Harrisburg                  294,325       2010            Trenton                     457,344      1998
 (a) – Class AAA team in Richmond drew 533,076 in 1993.



                                      SOUTHERN LEAGUE – CLASS AA

  Team                      Record-High       Year          Team                      Record-High    Year
  Birmingham                  467,867         1994          Mississippi                 246,674      2007
  Chattanooga                 292,920         1994          Mobile                      332,639      1997
  Huntsville, AL              300,810         1985          Montgomery                  322,946      2004
  Jackson, TN                 313,775         1998          Pensacola                   328,147      2012
  Jacksonville, FL            420,495         2004          Tennessee                   268,033      2002
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                                          TEXAS LEAGUE – CLASS AA

  Team                       Record-High        Year        Team                   Record-High      Year
  Arkansas                     377,977          2008        N.W. Arkansas            358,792        2008
  Corpus Christi               506,398          2006        San Antonio              411,959        1994
  Frisco                       666,977          2003        Springfield, MO          526,630        2005
  Midland                      308,810          2011        Tulsa                    408,183        2010


                                CALIFORNIA LEAGUE – FULL-SEASON CLASS A

  Team                       Record-High        Year        Team                   Record-High      Year
  Bakersfield                  158,714          1992        Modesto                  180,785        2011
  High Desert                  218,444          1992        Rancho Cucamonga         446,146        1995
  Inland Empire                273,739          1997        San Jose                 222,547        2011
  Lake Elsinore                383,297          1995        Stockton                 218,497        2007
  Lancaster                    316,390          1996        Visalia                  118,625        2012


                             FLORIDA STATE LEAGUE – FULL-SEASON CLASS A

  Team                       Record-High      Year         Team                      Record-High        Year
  Bradenton                     103,978       2011         Fort Myers (a)               124,749         2008
  Brevard County                144,688       1994         Jupiter (b)                  114,301         2001
  (Port) Charlotte              171,450       2010         Lakeland (c)                  64,010         2010
  Clearwater                    177,297       2012         Palm Beach (b)               105,122         2006
  Daytona                       164,007       2008         St. Lucie                    105,379         2011
  Dunedin                        80,126       1994         Tampa (d)                    149,191         1997
 (a) – A previous team in Fort Myers drew 137,553 in 1984 (b) – West Palm Beach record-high – 165,656 in 1981.
 (c) – A previous team in Lakeland drew 81,878 in 1951    (d) – St. Petersburg record-high – 202,383 in 1989


                                 CAROLINA LEAGUE – FULL-SEASON CLASS A

   Team                        Record-High       Year       Team                   Record-High      Year
   Carolina (a)                   328,207        1993       Potomac                  220,145        1998
   Frederick                      351,146        1993       Salem                    258,469        2007
   Lynchburg                      169,367        2011       Wilmington, DE           358,766        1995
   Myrtle Beach                   242,397        2008       Winston-Salem            312,416        2011
  (a) – Carolina set its record in the Southern League


                                 MIDWEST LEAGUE – FULL-SEASON CLASS A

  Team                       Record-High        Year        Team                   Record-High      Year
  Beloit                       101,127          1986        Kane County, IL          523,222        2001
  Bowling Green, KY            237,070          2011        Lake County, OH          437,515        2003
  Burlington, IA (a)            83,927          1994        Lansing                  538,325        1996
  Cedar Rapids                 196,066          2002        Peoria                   275,673        2008

   Clinton                       127,251       1988         Quad Cities              260,471        1994
   Dayton                        597,433       2010         South Bend               258,424        1994
   Fort Wayne                    404,942       2010         West Michigan            547,401        1996
   Great Lakes                   324,564       2007         Wisconsin                253,240        2009
  (a) – A previous team in Burlington drew 91,946 in 1955
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                            SOUTH ATLANTIC LEAGUE – FULL-SEASON CLASS A

   Team                    Record-High        Year           Team                      Record-High       Year
   Asheville                  175,892         2008           Hickory                     283,727         1993
   Augusta, GA                201,760         2010           Kannapolis                  138,487         2011
   Charleston, SC             284,718         2007           Lakewood                    482,206         2001
   Delmarva                   324,412         1997           Lexington, KY               451,076         2001
   Greensboro                 441,106         2007           Rome                        246,718         2003
   Greenville, SC             349,116         2008           Savannah (b)                135,415         2011
   Hagerstown (a)             153,675         2005           West Virginia               248,766         2007
 (a) – Class AA Eastern League team drew 193,753 in 1991.
 (b) - Savannah drew 217,000 in the Sally League in 1937.


            NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE – SHORT-SEASON CLASS A – (Full-Season Prior to 1967)

   Team                      Record-High       Year          Team                       Record-High    Year
   Aberdeen                    247,836         2008          Lowell                       201,512      2010
   Auburn                        58,233        1991          Mahoning Valley              206,287      2000
   Batavia                       52,909        1971          State College                153,350      2008
   Brooklyn (a)                317,124         2002          Staten Island                209,018      2010
   Connecticut (b)               62,317        2011          Tri-City (Troy, NY) (c)      159,966      2012
   Hudson Valley               164,425         2006          Vermont                      124,496      1996
   Jamestown                     63,069        2001          Williamsport (d)              83,346      2003
 (a) - Brooklyn Dodgers drew 1,807,526 in 1947          (b) - Class AA Eastern Lea. team drew 281,473 in 1995
 (c) - Albany-Colonie (Class AA) drew 324,003 in 1985 (d) - Class AA Eastern Lea. team drew 100,586 in 1988
 Record-highs as full-season teams in this league: Auburn - 59,637 in 1947; Batavia - 67,680 in 1946;
 Jamestown – 143,016 in 1942.


              NORTHWEST LEAGUE – SHORT-SEASON CLASS A – (Full-Season Prior to 1966)

   Team                      Record-High     Year             Team                    Record-High        Year
   Boise                       165,255       1995             Spokane (b)                192,021         2007
   Eugene (a)                  148,282       1996             Tri-City, WA (c)             86,095        2012
   Everett                     119,396       1998             Vancouver (d)              164,461         2012
   Salem-Keiser                136,836       1997             Yakima (e)                   86,822        1993
 (a) - PCL team drew 168,094 in 1972                        (b) - PCL team drew 287,185 in 1947
 (c) - Indep. Western Leag. team drew 109,101 in 1997       (d) - PCL team drew 386,220 in 1988
 (e) - Full-season team drew 133,917 in 1949


              APPALACHIAN LEAGUE – SHORT-SEASON ROOKIE – (Full-Season Prior to 1957)

   Team                      Record-High       Year            Team                     Record-High       Year
   Bluefield                    55,373         1991            Greeneville, TN             51,806         2008
   Bristol                      32,409         1976            Johnson City                48,038         1994
   Burlington, NC               76,653         1987            Kingsport                   55,457         1999
   Danville                     80,539         1993            Princeton                   39,426         1994
   Elizabethton                 30,134         2007            Pulaski                     33,679         2008
 Record-highs as full-season teams in this league: Bluefield – 116,572 in 1949; Elizabethton – 38,947 in 1947;
 Johnson City – 51,846 in 1948; Kingsport – 65,646 in 1951; Bristol – 68,504 in 1946; Pulaski – 49,472 in 1947.
 Burlington drew 140,148 in 1947, and Danville drew 110,000 in 1946, both in the full-season Carolina League.
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                  PIONEER LEAGUE – SHORT-SEASON ROOKIE – (Full Season Prior to 1964)

  Team                      Record-High        Year           Team                     Record-High        Year
  Billings                     122,090         2003           Idaho Falls                  104,960        2007
  Grand Junction               101,496         2012           Missoula                      89,812        2012
  Great Falls                  114,603         2003           Ogden                        146,068        2009
  Helena                        51,236         1992           Orem                         109,125        2007
 Record highs as full-season teams in this league: Billings – 174,080 in 1949; Great Falls – 129,640 in 1949.



  MEXICAN LEAGUE – NAPBL (SINCE 1955) RECORDS ONLY – (Was an Independent League Prior to 1955)

  Team                      Record-High       Year          Team                      Record-High        Year
  Aguascalientes              351,326         1978          Monterrey                   989,454          2006
  Campeche                    287,749         1983          Oaxaca                      209,984          2008
  Cancun-Quintana Roo         214,556         2007          Puebla                      363,011          2011
  Carmen                      227,143         2012          Reynosa                     313,917          2009

  Laguna                       350,717       2008         Saltillo                    613,551            2001
  Mexico City Reds             536,743       1967         Tabasco                     441,835            1979
  Minititlan                   211,227       2008         Veracruz                    245,057            2012
  Monclova                     425,738       1998         Yucatan                     560,000            1982
 Mexico City also had a team named the Tigers, whose attendance high was 441,885 in 1965.
 Tijuana had a team that drew 548,863 in 2004.




                                      CAN-AM LEAGUE – INDEPENDENT

   Team                       Record-High      Year           Team                      Record-High      Year
   Brockton (b)                 203,094        2004           Quebec City (c)              164,009       2009
   Newark (a)                    51,854        2011           Rockland                     161,375       2012
   New Jersey Jackals           129,179        1999           Worcester                    124,745       2005
 (a) – Full-season records for Newark – 342,001 in 1932 (International), 243,255 in 2001 (Atlantic).
 (c) – 1949 Canadian-American League team drew 176,779. (b) - Brockton was inactive in 2012.



                                     ATLANTIC LEAGUE – INDEPENDENT

  Team                      Record-High       Year          Team                      Record-High        Year
  Bridgeport                  342,857         1999          Somerset                    376,315          2004
  Camden                      313,792         2002          Southern Maryland           240,777          2010
  Lancaster, PA               378,310         2005          Sugar Land, TX              465,511          2012
  Long Island                 443,142         2001          York                        293,967          2008
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                                     FRONTIER LEAGUE – INDEPENDENT

   Team                      Record-High      Year         Team                    Record-High        Year
   Evansville (a)              136,941        2005         Rockford (b)              138,234          2008
   Florence, KY                112,844        2010         River City, MO            185,333          2004
   Gateway (Sauget, IL)        217,500        2004         Schaumburg                236,476          1999
   Joliet                      202,755        2002         Southern Illinois         259,392          2007
   Lake Erie (Avon, OH)        159,580        2010         Traverse City             206,102          2007
   London, Ont. (c)             60,456        1999         Washington, PA            159,857          2005
   Normal                      132,309        2010         Windy City, IL            103,129          2009
 (a) – Class AAA American Association team drew 147,807 in 1972
 (b) – Full-season Class A Midwest League team drew 158,674 in 1988.
 (c) - Full-season Class AA Eastern League team drew 167,694 in 1990.


                                 AMERICAN ASSOCIATION – INDEPENDENT

   Team                       Record-High      Year           Team                    Record-High     Year
   Amarillo                      159,332       2008           Lincoln                   247,471       2002
   El Paso (a)                   211,316       2007           St. Paul (c)              297,834       2007
   Fargo-Moorhead                193,364       2002           Sioux City, IA            149,770       1995
   Gary                          166,366       2010           Sioux Falls, SD           150,837       2008
   Grand Prairie                 143,627       2008           Wichita, KS (d)           161,170       2009
   Kansas City, KS (b)           289,162       2007           Winnipeg                  323,241       2004
   Laredo                        187,845       2012
 (a) - Class AA Texas League team drew 329,233 in 1995. (b) - Kansas City, MO drew 425,064 in 1923.
 (c) - St. Paul drew 352,911 in the American Association in 1949. Minneapolis drew 318,326 in 1956.
 (d) - Drew 280,320 in Class AAA American Assn. in 1971.



                                NORTH AMERICAN LEAGUE – INDEPENDENT

   Team                     Record-High      Year           Team                   Record-High        Year
   Abilene (a)                 73,954        1995           McAllen                   29,082          2012
   Edinburg                   145,370        2004           Rio Grande Valley        103,535          2000
   Fort Worth (b)             185,175        2008           San Angelo               150,770          2000
   Hawaii                       8,820        2012           San Rafael                31,411          2012
   Maui                        50,343        2010
 (a) – West Texas League team drew 125,714 in 1955.
 (b) - Texas League team drew 354,288 in 1948.


                                PECOS BASEBALL LEAGUE – INDEPENDENT

  Team                         Record-High    Year          Team                     Record-High      Year
  Alpine                         22,630       1959          Santa Fe                    15,552        2012
  Las Cruces                      6,592       2012          Trinidad                    10,624        2012
  Roswell                        82,671       1950          White Sands                  8,800        2011
 Alpine set its record in the Sophomore League. Roswell’s record was in the Longhorn League.
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ATTENDANCE GROWTH - 2012 vs. 1999, 1989, 1979 and 1969

        Minor League Baseball attendance has increased very sharply over the past 4 decades. New ballparks,
better marketing and promotion programs, and reasonable prices have all been factors in this attendance boom.

         Tables at the end of this section compare 2012 Major League and Minor League attendance with attendance
for the 1999, 1989, 1979, and 1969 seasons. Note the sub-total (in italics) provided for Class AAA. The old Class
AAA American Association teams were moved into either the International or Pacific Coast Leagues after the 1997
season. The sub-total is a more accurate way to compare Class AAA attendance between years.

        Both the Major and Minor leagues have more teams today than 23, 33 and 43 years ago. So the tables look
at average attendance per team for each league, in addition to the comparisons of total season attendance.

          Figures for Minor Leagues average attendance per date were not available for 1989, 1979, and 1969. No
independent leagues were in operation in those years either. The National League didn’t count ‘no-shows’ in its
official attendance until 1993.


ONE MORE LOOK AT THE 2012 NUMBERS

        The 176 NAPBL teams that charged admission drew 41,280,382, an average of 234,548 per team. Average
per date was 3,967. 55 independent teams that compiled home attendance drew 7,127,934, an average of 129,599
per team, and an average per date of 2,697. Most independent teams play shorter seasons than NAPBL teams.
Combined NAPBL and independent attendance was 48,408,316, averaging 209,560 per team, and 3,710 per date.
Major League total attendance was 74,859,268, an average of 2,495,309 per team, and 30,895 per date.


2012 COMPARISON WITH 1999

        By 1999, the boom in Minor League attendance was underway. Comparing 2012 with 1999 attendance won’t
have the same dramatic growth as comparisons with 1989, 1979, and 1969. But there were healthy gains.

       NAPBL 2012 total attendance was up 17.3% from 1999. Average attendance per date increased 581 (17.2%).
There were 176 NAPBL teams in both 2012 and 1999. 44 independent teams had home games in 1999. Total
independent leagues attendance was up 46.3% vs. 1999, and their average per date rose 138 (5.4%). Combined
2012 NAPBL and independent total attendance rose 20.9% from 1999, and average per date was up 452 (13.9%).

        2012 NAPBL average attendance per team was also up 17.3% vs. 1999, and was at least 25% higher for 6
leagues. The Texas League’s average attendance per team rose 58.6%. The Pioneer League was up 53.0%, the
Florida State League had a 50.5% increase, the South Atlantic League gained 49.1%, the Mexican League increased
32.7%, and Midwest League was up 28.8%. Independent league teams had a combined gain of 17.0%.

       But 5 NAPBL leagues had a lower average attendance per team in 2012 than they had in 1999. The
Appalachian League was down 15.7%, and the Northwest League declined 12.2%. Full-season leagues with
decreases were the Southern (down 7.7%), California (down 5.6%), and Eastern Leagues (down 2.0%).

        The 30 Class AAA teams averaged 443,358 per team in 2012. In 1999, the 30 Class AAA teams averaged
401,475 per team. Class AAA average per date was 6,352 in 2012, compared to 5,913 in 1999. Class AA teams
averaged 4,333 per date in 2012, up 392 from the 1999 average of 3,941. Full-season Class A teams averaged 2,944
per date in 2012, compared to 2,296 in 1999. Short-season teams averaged 2,510 in 2012, vs. 2,231 in 1999.

        Buffalo drew 684,051 to lead all teams in total attendance in 1999. The Bisons also had the highest average
per date (10,060) of any team. Indianapolis drew 658,250. Overall, 6 teams topped 500,000. Akron was the Class
AA leader, drawing 522,459. Lansing had the best full-season Class A attendance (462,515). The short-season
attendance leader was Portland, OR, who drew 206,136. Among independent league teams, Bridgeport had the
highest total attendance (342,857), and St. Paul had the best average per date (6,329).

       The Major League 2012 total attendance and average per team was up 6.7% from 1999. 30 teams operated
each year. Average attendance per date was 30,895 in 2012, up 1,685 (5.8%) from the 1999 average of 29,210.
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2012 COMPARISON WITH 1989

         164 NAPBL teams that charged admission, operated in 1989. They drew a total of 23,103,593, an average of
140,876 per team. 2012 NAPBL total attendance was 78.7% higher than in 1989, and the average per team was up
66.5%. Independent leagues did not operate in 1989. But if independent leagues attendance is included in the 2012
figures, the results are gains of 109.5% in total attendance, and 48.8% in average per team.

        The Appalachian League, down 10.5%, is the only league whose 2012 average attendance per team was
lower than the 1989 average. Every other league had a gain of at least 27.6%.

         3 leagues more than doubled their per team averages compared to 1989. The South Atlantic League average
per team was 146.9% higher in 2012 than in 1989. The New York-Penn was up 138.0%, and the Midwest League
gained 108.2%. The Pacific Coast, Texas, Eastern, California, Mexican and Carolina Leagues achieved increases of
better than 65%. The combined Class AAA average per team was up 30.5%.

        Among individual teams, Buffalo had the highest attendance, drawing an incredible 1,132,183. Louisville and
Columbus, OH also topped 500,000. 14 teams reached 500,000 in 2012. Highest Class AA attendance in 1989 was
at Arkansas (296,428). In 2012, 15 Class AA teams topped 300,000. Durham led full-season Class A in 1989,
drawing 272,202. That figure was topped by 12 Class A teams in 2012. Durham is now in Class AAA, and the Bulls
drew 483,593 in 2012. Yucatan drew 310,715 to lead the Mexican League in 1989.

         In 1989, just 2 of the 26 teams in either the Midwest or South Atlantic Leagues topped 200,000. But in 2012,
16 of the 30 teams in those leagues reached that milestone. Salt Lake City drew 173,256 to top all short-season
teams in 1989. Just 4 of the 40 short-season teams in 1989 drew at least 100,000. 15 short-season teams did that
in 2012, with 2 of them surpassing 200,000.

       Major League total attendance was up 35.7% vs. 1989. Average per team (26 teams in 1989), rose 17.6%.
The average per date of 30,895 in 2012 was 4,125 (15.4%) higher than the 1989 average per date of 26,770.


2012 COMPARISON WITH 1979

       142 NAPBL teams charging admission operated in 1979. Total attendance was 15,265,633, an average of
107,504 per team. NAPBL 2012 total attendance was 170.4% higher than in 1979, with the average per team up
118.2%. When independent league attendance is added to the 2012 totals, the result is a 217.1% increase in total
attendance, and a 94.9% gain in average per team.

         11 of the 15 NAPBL leagues more than doubled their average attendance per team since 1979. There was a
better than 4-fold increase in 5 leagues: Carolina – 398.6%; Eastern – 334.7%; New York-Penn – 307.0%; Midwest -
320.3%; Northwest – 320.7%. The only leagues that did not at least double their average attendance per team were
the Southern, Florida State, and Appalachian Leagues, which had increases of less than 50%, and the Mexican
League, which was up 3.8%. The Class AAA leagues had a combined 146.6% increase from the 1979 average per
team of 179,784.

       In 1979, Columbus (OH) had the top Minor League attendance, drawing 599,544 to newly re-built Cooper
Stadium. That figure was topped by Columbus, Monterrey and, Lehigh Valley in 2012. 3 Mexican League teams
(Mexico City Reds, Tabasco, and Yucatan) topped 400,000 in 1979. But Denver (335,684) and Albuquerque
(266,586) were the only other Class AAA teams to top 240,000. All Class AAA teams except Tucson did it in 2012.

         Nashville drew 515,482 to lead Class AA in 1979, the first of 4 straight years the Sounds topped 500,000.
Memphis and El Paso were the only other Class AA teams to reach 200,000. 25 of the 30 Class AA teams topped
200,000 in 2012. Just 2 of the 34 full-season Class A teams attracted more than 100,000 fans in 1979. West Palm
Beach drew 125,213, and Greensboro’s attendance was 165,596. In 2012, 50 of the 60 full-season Class A teams,
and 15 short-season teams, drew more than 100,000. Greensboro’s Class A leading total of 1979 was topped by 33
full-season Class A teams, and 4 short-season teams in 2012. Eugene drew 66,156 to lead all short-season teams in
1979. 22 of the 40 short-season NAPBL teams drew more than that in 2012.

       Major League 2012 total attendance was up 71.9% vs. 1979. Average per team (26 teams in 1979), rose
49.0%. Average per date was up 8,955 (40.8%) from the 1979 figure of 21,940.
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2012 COMPARISON WITH 1969

        The 148 NAPBL teams that charged admission in 1969 drew just 9,984,263, an average of 67,461 per team.
2012 total NAPBL attendance was 313.5% higher, and average per team showed a 247.7% gain. Add the
independent teams to the 2012 figures, and the total attendance growth is 384.8%, with average per team up 210.6%.

        There have been some incredible increases in average attendance per team since 1969. The Midwest
League was up 525.3%. The South Atlantic League (named the Western Carolinas League until 1980) had a 471.2%
gain with 6 current teams each individually drawing better in 2012 than the entire league drew in 1969.

       The New York-Penn League had a 410.2% increase, and the Eastern League was up 395.0%. The Carolina
League had a gain of 392.0%, and the Northwest League was up 341.1%. The International, Pacific Coast, Southern,
Texas, California, and Pioneer Leagues were each up better than 200%. The Florida State League, up 161.5%, the
Appalachian League, up 60.7%, and the Mexican League, down 3.4%, were the only leagues whose 2012 average per
team was not at least triple the 1969 figure. Combined Class AAA average per team was up 228.0%.

        In 1969, the Mexico City Reds led all of Minor League Baseball in attendance, drawing 428,548. Among U.S.
based teams, Hawaii (Honolulu) was the top draw, with a total of 280,477. In 2012, Hawaii’s 1969 total attendance
was topped by 61 NAPBL teams, including all teams in the Texas League, and by 5 independent league teams.
Honolulu no longer has a team.

        Only 5 teams below the AAA level topped 100,000 in 1969. Dallas-Fort Worth, then in the Class AA Texas
League, attracted 235,827. Albuquerque and Memphis, also in the Texas League, drew over 100,000, as did
Charlotte of the Southern League, and Ciudad Madero of the Class A Mexican Center League. No United States
based Class A team reached 100,000.

         Miami had the best full-season Class A attendance in the U.S., drawing 77,354. 53 of 60 full-season Class A
teams, and 22 of 40 short-season teams topped that figure in 2012. Salt Lake City drew 76,789 in 1969 to lead all
short-season teams. 6 Class AA teams, and 38 full-season Class A teams, failed to reach 50,000 in 1969. Also that
year, just 5 of 33 short-season teams drew at least 30,000, and 16 short-season teams didn’t even reach 20,000.

       Major League total attendance rose 174.9% vs. 1969. Average per team (24 teams in 1969), rose 119.9%.
The 2012 MLB average per date was 30,895, up 15,537 (101.2%) from the 1969 average per date of 15,358.




INDIVIDUAL TEAMS OUTDRAWING ENTIRE LEAGUES

The following individual teams drew more fans in 2012 than their entire league drew in 1979 and/or 1969:
(Example: Richmond drew 438,002 in 2012. In 1979, the Eastern League’s total attendance was 436,040, and in
1969, that league drew 382,933.)

Eastern League -    Richmond (1979 & 1969); Reading (1969)

Carolina League -   Wilmington, Frederick, Winston-Salem (1979)

Midwest League -    Dayton (1979 & 1969); Kane County, Fort Wayne (1969)

South Atlantic Lea. - Greensboro, Lakewood (1979 & 1969);
                      Charleston SC, Greenville, Lexington, Delmarva (1969)

NY-Penn League - Brooklyn, Aberdeen (1969)

Northwest League - Spokane, Vancouver, Eugene, Salem-Keiser (1969)
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                     MAJOR AND MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ATTENDANCE - 2012 vs. 1999


                            2012                                 |                    1999
                                                                 |                                              % Chg. in Avg./Team
League                Attendance      # Teams      Avg./Team     |     Attendance     # Teams     Avg./Team        2012 vs. 1999
                                                                 |
American                 33,383,773     14          2,384,555    |       31,816,532     14         2,272,609            4.9
National                 41,475,495     16          2,592,218    |       38,322,848     16         2,395,178            8.2
                                                                 |
MAJORS TOTAL             74,859,268     30          2,495,309    |       70,139,380     30         2,337,979            6.7
                                                                 |
                                                                 |
American Assoc.       Teams now in the I.L. & P.C.L.             |     Teams now in the I.L. & P.C.L.
International            6,504,586     14            464,613     |        6,437,251     14            459,804           1.0
Pacific Coast            6,796,157     16            424,760     |        5,606,999     16            350,437          21.2
                                                                 |
Class AAA Total         13,300,743      30           443,358     |       12,044,250     30           401,475           10.4
                                                                 |
Mexican                   3,814,348     16           238,397     |        2,875,289     16           179,706           32.7
                                                                 |
Eastern                   3,791,241     12           315,937     |        3,868,732     12           322,394           (2.0)
Southern                  2,152,852     10           215,285     |        2,332,712     10           233,271           (7.7)
Texas                     2,834,864      8           354,358     |        1,787,915      8           223,489           58.6
                                                                 |
California                1,582,174     10           158,217     |        1,675,245     10           167,525           (5.6)
Carolina                  1,877,081      8           234,635     |        1,652,256      8           206,532           13.6
Florida State             1,215,020     12           101,252     |          941,861     14            67,276           50.5
                                                                 |
Midwest                   4,084,343     16           255,271     |        2,774,427     14           198,173           28.8
South Atlantic *          3,056,097     14           218,293     |        2,049,461     14           146,390           49.1
New York-Penn             1,701,001     14           121,500     |        1,371,054     14            97,932           24.1
                                                                 |
Northwest                   896,781      8           112,098     |        1,021,390      8           127,674          (12.2)
Appalachian                 278,785     10            27,879     |          330,517     10            33,052          (15.7)
Pioneer                     695,052      8            86,882     |          454,362      8            56,795           53.0
                                                                 |
NAPBL TOTAL              41,280,382     176          234,548     |       35,179,471     176          199,883           17.3
                                                                 |
Independent Lgs.          7,127,934     55           129,599     |        4,871,797     44           110,723           17.0
                                                                 |
GRAND TOTAL              48,408,316     231          209,560     |       40,051,268     220          182,051           15.1

* The South Atlantic League was named the Western Carolinas League until 1980.

Independent league totals exclude teams that only played road games.

Sources: Minor League Baseball (NAPBL), Independent Leagues, Major League Baseball Information System
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                     MAJOR AND MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ATTENDANCE - 2012 vs. 1989


                            2012                                 |                      1989
                                                                 |                                            % Chg. in Avg./Team
League                Attendance      # Teams      Avg./Team     |     Attendance       # Teams   Avg./Team      2012 vs. 1989
                                                                 |
American                 33,383,773     14          2,384,555    |      29,849,262        14      2,132,090          11.8
National                 41,475,495     16          2,592,218    |      25,323,834        12      2,110,320          22.8
                                                                 |
MAJORS TOTAL             74,859,268     30          2,495,309    |      55,173,096        26      2,122,042          17.6
                                                                 |
                                                                 |
American Assoc.       Teams now in the I.L. & P.C.L.             |       3,667,142         8        458,393
International            6,504,586     14            464,613     |       2,613,247         8        326,656          42.2
Pacific Coast            6,796,157     16            424,760     |       2,554,417        10        255,442          66.3
                                                                 |
Class AAA Total         13,300,743      30           443,358     |       8,834,806        26       339,800           30.5
                                                                 |
Mexican                   3,814,348     16           238,397     |       1,975,723        14        141,123          68.9
                                                                 |
Eastern                   3,791,241     12           315,937     |       1,272,812         8        159,102          98.6
Southern                  2,152,852     10           215,285     |       1,687,844        10        168,784          27.6
Texas                     2,834,864      8           354,358     |       1,511,610         8        188,951          87.5
                                                                 |
California                1,582,174     10           158,217     |         933,883        10         93,388          69.4
Carolina                  1,877,081      8           234,635     |       1,006,738         8        125,842          86.5
Florida State             1,215,020     12           101,252     |         957,344        14         68,382          48.1
                                                                 |
Midwest                   4,084,343     16           255,271     |       1,716,443        14        122,603          108.2
South Atlantic *          3,056,097     14           218,293     |       1,060,964        12         88,414          146.9
New York-Penn             1,701,001     14           121,500     |         714,561        14         51,040          138.0
                                                                 |
Northwest                   896,781      8           112,098     |         636,187         8         79,523          41.0
Appalachian                 278,785     10            27,879     |         311,510        10         31,151         (10.5)
Pioneer                     695,052      8            86,882     |         483,168         8         60,396          43.9
                                                                 |
NAPBL TOTAL              41,280,382     176          234,548     |      23,103,593        164       140,876          66.5
                                                                 |
Independent Lgs.          7,127,934     55           129,599     |                  0      0             0          ----------
                                                                 |
GRAND TOTAL              48,408,316     231          209,560     |      23,103,593        164       140,876          48.8

* The South Atlantic League was named the Western Carolinas League until 1980.

Independent league totals exclude teams that only played road games.

Sources: Minor League Baseball (NAPBL), Independent Leagues, Major League Baseball Information System
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                      MAJOR AND MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ATTENDANCE - 2012 vs. 1979


                             2012                                 |                       1979
                                                                  |                                             % Chg. in Avg./Team
League                 Attendance     # Teams       Avg./Team     |      Attendance       # Teams   Avg./Team      2012 vs. 1979
                                                                  |
American                 33,383,773      14          2,384,555    |        22,371,979       14      1,597,999          49.2
National                 41,475,495      16          2,592,218    |        21,178,419       12      1,764,868          46.9
                                                                  |
MAJORS TOTAL             74,859,268      30          2,495,309    |        43,550,398       26      1,675,015          49.0
                                                                  |
                                                                  |
American Assoc.       Teams now in the I.L. & P.C.L.              |         1,296,740        8        162,093
International            6,504,586     14            464,613      |         1,616,151        8        202,019          130.0
Pacific Coast            6,796,157     16            424,760      |         1,761,487       10        176,149          141.1
                                                                  |
Class AAA Total          13,300,743      30           443,358     |         4,674,378       26       179,784          146.6
                                                                  |
Mexican                   3,814,348      16            238,397    |         4,591,286       20        229,564           3.8
                                                                  |
Eastern                   3,791,241      12            315,937    |           436,040        6         72,673          334.7
Southern                  2,152,852      10            215,285    |         1,482,437       10        148,244          45.2
Texas                     2,834,864       8            354,358    |           826,207        8        103,276          243.1
                                                                  |
California                1,582,174      10            158,217    |           504,487       10         50,449          213.6
Carolina                  1,877,081       8            234,635    |           282,371        6         47,062          398.6
Florida State             1,215,020      12            101,252    |           722,258       10         72,226          40.2
                                                                  |
Midwest                   4,084,343      16            255,271    |           485,915        8         60,739          320.3
South Atlantic *          3,056,097      14            218,293    |           347,237        6         57,873          277.2
New York-Penn             1,701,001      14            121,500    |           298,538       10         29,854          307.0
                                                                  |
Northwest                   896,781       8            112,098    |           213,163        8         26,645          320.7
Appalachian                 278,785      10             27,879    |           128,735        6         21,456          29.9
Pioneer                     695,052       8             86,882    |           272,581        8         34,073          155.0
                                                                  |
NAPBL TOTAL              41,280,382      176           234,548    |        15,265,633       142       107,504          118.2
                                                                  |
Independent Lgs.          7,127,934      55            129,599    |                   0      0             0          ----------
                                                                  |
GRAND TOTAL              48,408,316      231           209,560    |        15,265,633       142       107,504          94.9

* The South Atlantic League was named the Western Carolinas League until 1980.

Independent league totals exclude teams that only played road games.

1979 figures for Inter-American League which folded in mid-season are not included.

Sources: Minor League Baseball (NAPBL), Independent Leagues, Total Baseball - 8th Edition
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                      MAJOR AND MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ATTENDANCE - 2012 vs. 1969


                             2012                                    |                    1969
                                                                     |                                               % Chg. in Avg./Team
League                 Attendance        # Teams    Avg./Team        |   Attendance       # Teams     Avg./Team         2012 vs. 1969
                                                                     |
American                 33,383,773        14        2,384,555       |     12,134,745       12         1,011,229            135.8
National                 41,475,495        16        2,592,218       |     15,094,946       12         1,257,912            106.1
                                                                     |
MAJORS TOTAL             74,859,268        30        2,495,309       |     27,229,691       24         1,134,570            119.9
                                                                     |
                                                                     |
American Assoc.        Teams now in the I.L. & P.C.L.                |         882,547       6           147,091
International             6,504,586     14            464,613        |       1,035,457       8           129,432            259.0
Pacific Coast             6,796,157     16            424,760        |       1,055,988       8           131,999            221.8
                                                                     |
Class AAA Total          13,300,743        30          443,358       |      2,973,992       22           135,181           228.0
                                                                     |
Mexican                    3,814,348       16          238,397       |       1,973,825       8           246,728            (3.4)
                                                                     |
Eastern                    3,791,241       12          315,937       |        382,933        6            63,822            395.0
Southern                   2,152,852       10          215,285       |        333,516        6            55,586            287.3
Texas                      2,834,864        8          354,358       |        828,268        8           103,534            242.3
                                                                     |
California                 1,582,174       10          158,217       |        369,217        8            46,152            242.8
Carolina                   1,877,081        8          234,635       |        476,856       10            47,686            392.0
Florida State              1,215,020       12          101,252       |        464,662       12            38,722            161.5
                                                                     |
Midwest                    4,084,343       16          255,271       |        367,420        9            40,824            525.3
South Atlantic *           3,056,097       14          218,293       |        229,290        6            38,215            471.2
New York-Penn              1,701,001       14          121,500       |        190,519        8            23,815            410.2
                                                                     |
Northwest                   896,781         8          112,098       |        101,658        4            25,415            341.1
Appalachian                 278,785        10           27,879       |        138,763        8            17,345            60.7
Pioneer                     695,052         8           86,882       |        180,625        7            25,804            236.7

Northern                       -------     -----         ---------   |        128,964        6            21,494           ----------
Mexican Center                 -------     -----         ---------   |        356,809        8            44,601           ----------
Mexican Northern               -------     -----         ---------   |        145,244        6            24,207           ----------
Mexican So. East               -------     -----         ---------   |        341,702        6            56,950           ----------
                                                                     |
NAPBL TOTAL              41,280,382       176          234,548       |       9,984,263      148           67,461            247.7
                                                                     |
Independent Lgs.           7,127,934       55          129,599       |                0      0                  0          ----------
                                                                     |
GRAND TOTAL              48,408,316       231          209,560       |       9,984,263      148           67,461            210.6

* The South Atlantic League was named the Western Carolinas League until 1980

In 1969, the Gulf Coast League listed attendance of 8,817, as one team charged admission. It is not included here.

Independent league totals exclude teams that only played road games.

Sources: Minor League Baseball (NAPBL), Independent Leagues, Total Baseball - 8th Edition
2012 MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ATTENDANCE                                                                  Page 69

MINOR LEAGUE ATTENDANCE GROWTH vs. OTHER SPORTS - 2012 vs. 1999, 1989, 1979 and 1969

        NAPBL Minor League Baseball attendance has grown at a faster pace than any other United States-
based major professional team sport when comparing 2012 with 1989, 1979, and 1969. Minor League
Baseball (NAPBL) has also posted a larger increase in attendance than any of these sports since 1999, with
the exception of Major League Soccer. This higher attendance growth rate for NAPBL Minor League Baseball
is for both total attendance, and for average yearly attendance per team.

        The tables in this section compare Minor League Baseball’s (NAPBL only – does not include independent
leagues) growth in attendance vs. 1999, 1989, 1979, and 1969 with attendance growth for Major League Baseball, the
National Football League, the National Basketball Association, and the National Hockey League. In addition, the
comparison with 1999 includes the Women’s National Basketball Association, Minor League Hockey, and Major
League Soccer. 1996 was the first season for Major League Soccer, and the WNBA began play in 1997. For the
NBA, NHL, and Minor League hockey, the comparisons are with the 1999-2000, 1989-90, 1979-80, and 1969-70
seasons. The most recent official attendance total for the NFL is for the 2011 season.

         The NBA played a shorter season in 2011-12 due to a lockout, with each team having 33 home games instead
of the usual 41. In order to make a valid comparison with other leagues, and with NBA data for other seasons, the
2011-12 NBA attendance in the table below takes the average attendance per game for the 990 games actually
played, and pro-rates it to a full 1,230 game season. Actual attendance in 2011-12 was 17,101,051, an average of
17,274 per game. If the league had played a full season, and drew that same average over a full season, the total
2011-12 attendance would have been 21,246,759.

       Comparisons are made for total attendance, and for average yearly attendance per team, as these leagues
have undergone expansion.

                                   2012 or 2011-12 ATTENDANCE (NFL-2011)

                                              2012 or 2011-12       Number of      Average Attendance
                                             Total Attendance        Teams              per Team
         NAPBL Minor League Baseball            41,280,382            176                 234,548
         Major League Baseball                  74,859,268             30               2,495,309
         National Football League (2011)        16,562,706             32                 517,585
         National Basketball Association        21,246,759             30                 708,225
         National Hockey League                 21,468,121             30                 715,604

         Women’s NBA (WNBA)                      1,521,300                12               126,775
         Major League Soccer                     6,074,729                19               319,723
         Minor League Hockey                    12,224,585                81               150,921



       Major League Soccer is the only sport that has posted better attendance growth than the NAPBL Minor
Leagues when comparing 2012 attendance with 1999. NBA figures are based on 2011-12 pro-rated attendance.

 2012 (NFL 2011) ATTENDANCE COMPARISON WITH 1999 (1999-2000 NBA, NHL, MINOR LEAGUE HOCKEY)

                                                              Average           % Chg. vs.       % Chg. vs.
                       1999 or 1999-2000      Number      Attendance per       2012 in Total    2012 in Avg.
                       Total Attendance      of Teams          Team             Attendance       per Team
    NAPBL Minors          35,179,471            176            199,883              17.3            17.3
    MLB                   70,139,380             30          2,337,979               6.7             6.7
    NFL                   16,206,640             31            522,795               2.2            (1.0)
    NBA                   20,058,513             29            691,673               5.9             2.4
    NHL                   18,800,139             28            671,434              14.2             6.6

    WNBA                    1,956,281            12             163,023           (22.2)             (22.2)
    MLS                     2,742,102            12             228,509           121.5               39.9
    Minors Hockey          19,736,526           109             181,069           (38.1)             (16.7)
2012 MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ATTENDANCE                                                                 Page 70

MINOR LEAGUE ATTENDANCE GROWTH vs. OTHER SPORTS - 2012 vs. 1999, 1989, 1979 and 1969

          Minor League Baseball attendance grew at a rate that was more than 3 times faster than any other
sport in terms of average attendance per team when comparing 2012 with 1989. The National Hockey League’s
total attendance increased at nearly the same pace as Minor League Baseball’s due to the addition of 9 teams since
the 1989-1990 season. Attendance for hockey minor leagues is not available for 1989-90, 1979-80, or 1969-70.

             2012 (NFL 2011) ATTENDANCE COMPARISON WITH 1989 (1989-1990 NBA, NHL)
                                                   Average       % Chg. vs.     % Chg. vs.
                    1989 or 1989-1990  Number  Attendance per   2012 in Total  2012 in Avg.
                    Total Attendance  of Teams      Team         Attendance     per Team
    NAPBL Minors        23,103,593       164        140,876          78.7          66.5
    MLB                 55,173,096        26      2,122,042          35.7          17.6
    NFL                 13,625,662        28        486,631          21.6           6.4
    NBA                 17,368,659        27        643,284          22.3          10.1
    NHL                 12,579,651        21        599,031          70.7          19.5


        Growth in average attendance per team for Minor League Baseball increased at a pace that was more
than twice as fast as the other sports leagues when comparing 2012 attendance with 1979. Total attendance
also grew at a faster rate for Minor League Baseball compared to other sports, increasing 170.4%. Both the NBA and
the NHL have more than doubled their total attendance since their 1979-1980 seasons.

             2012 (NFL 2011) ATTENDANCE COMPARISON WITH 1979 (1979-1980 NBA, NHL)
                                                   Average       % Chg. vs.     % Chg. vs.
                    1979 or 1979-1980  Number  Attendance per   2012 in Total  2012 in Avg.
                    Total Attendance  of Teams      Team         Attendance     per Team
    NAPBL Minors        15,265,633       142        107,504         170.4         118.2
    MLB                 43,550,398        26      1,675,015          71.9          49.0
    NFL                 13,182,039        28        470,787          25.6            9.9
    NBA                  9,937,575        22        451,708         113.8          56.8
    NHL                 10,533,623        21        501,601         103.8          42.7


        1969 was the final year that the American Football League and the National Football League played
separately. Those leagues fully merged in 1970. The 1969 football attendance figures in the table below are for
combined AFL and NFL attendance. The AFL had 10 teams in 1969, and drew 2,843,373, an average of 284,337 per
team. The NFL had 16 teams and drew 6,096,127, averaging 381,008 per team. Both the AFL and NFL played 14
game schedules in 1969, compared to a 16 game schedule from 1978 forward.

         The basketball line below is for combined NBA and ABA attendance. The American Basketball Association
            rd
was in its 3 season in 1969-70, and had 11 teams. Their total attendance was 1,752,987, an average of 159,362 per
team. The 14 NBA teams that played in 1969-70 drew 4,341,028, an average of 310,073 per team. If the basketball
growth comparison is made for the NBA only, and excludes the ABA, total attendance is up 389.4% since 1969-70,
and average per team increased 128.4%. 4 ABA teams were merged into the NBA in 1976-77.

             2012 (NFL 2011) ATTENDANCE COMPARISON WITH 1969 (1969-1970 NBA, NHL)
                                                   Average       % Chg. vs.     % Chg. vs.
                    1969 or 1969-1980  Number  Attendance per   2012 in Total  2012 in Avg.
                    Total Attendance  of Teams      Team         Attendance     per Team
    NAPBL Minors         9,984,263       148         67,461         313.5         247.7
    MLB                 27,229,691        24      1,134,570         174.9         119.9
    AFL/NFL              8,939,500        26        343,827          85.3          50.5
    NBA/ABA              6,094,015        25        243,761         248.6         190.5
    NHL                  5,992,065        12        499,339         258.3          43.3

SOURCES: Baseball – Minor League Baseball, Major League Baseball, Total Baseball; National Football League
2012 Record and Fact Book; Basketball – NBA, WNBA, ABA Guide, databasebasketball.com; Hockey - NHL Guide
and Record Book, Minor League hockey Websites; Major League Soccer
2012 MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ATTENDANCE                                                                     Page 71

NEW BALLPARKS

        New ballparks have been a major factor in the growth of minor league attendance. According to the “Baseball
America Directory”, ballparkdigest.com, and baseballparks.com, 123 of the 159 U.S./Canadian based NAPBL
ballparks in use in 2013, will have opened from 1988 to 2013. 93 of these parks have been built since 1995, and 60
of them have opened since 2000. (Palm Beach and Jupiter of the Florida State League share the same facility.)
27 teams play in a park that opened prior to 1970, while the homes of 10 teams were built between 1970 and 1987.
Many older parks have been totally refurbished, and bear little resemblance to their original structures.

         Information is available about 51 ballparks of independent league teams that operated in 2012, including those
in the Freedom Pro Baseball League. 40 of these parks opened since the start of 1988, (36 since 1995, and 26 since
2000), 9 were built prior to 1970, and 2 opened between 1970 and 1987. Overall, 162 minor league ballparks in use
in 2012-13 opened since 1988, with 129 of those opening since 1995, and 86 opening since 2000.

         Pensacola, Laredo, and Sugar Land opened new parks in 2012. Scranton-Wilkes Barre, Birmingham, and
Hillsboro, OR, a suburb of Portland, which is replacing Yakima in the Northwest League, will move into completely new
parks in 2013. Other parks, including those in Bradenton, Wisconsin, and Spokane, are getting major renovations.



MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ATTENDANCE COMPARED TO MINOR LEAGUE HOCKEY ATTENDANCE

        Professional hockey has a system of minor leagues quite similar to that of baseball, with some minor league
hockey teams being affiliated with teams in the National Hockey League. But while Minor League Baseball
                                                              st
attendance has continued to grow in the first decade of the 21 Century, minor league hockey attendance is down.

      In the 1999-2000 season, there were 109 professional minor league hockey teams in the United States and
Canada. By the 2010-12 season, the number of teams was down to 81.

        Total regular season minor league hockey attendance fell 38.1% from 19,736,526 in 1999-2000, to 12,224,585
in 2011-12, with 28 fewer teams. Average attendance per game dropped 463 from 4,900 in 1999-2000, to 4,437 in
2011-12, a decline of 9.4%. On the other hand, National Hockey League total attendance in 2011-12 was up 14.2%,
when compared to 1999-2000, and the average attendance per game was 6.6% higher than in 1999-2000.
(Sources: National Hockey League Record Book, hockey minor league Web sites, nhl.com.)

        The structure of minor league hockey has similarities with baseball. The American Hockey League is
considered to be the Class AAA league, with each National Hockey League team having an affiliate in that league.
The ECHL is the Class AA league, and there are other leagues as well. Many of the cities with minor league hockey
also have Minor League Baseball.

        In the 2011-12 season, the 30 team American Hockey League drew 6,426,934 to its regular season games,
accounting for more than half of all minor league hockey attendance. The Hershey Bears drew 375,146, an average
of 9,872 per game, which was the year’s best attendance for any minor league hockey team. (Hershey has never had
a minor league baseball team.) Houston, Lake Erie, San Antonio, Chicago, Providence, and Grand Rapids also
topped 7,000 per game. Minor League Baseball teams in the Providence (Pawtucket Red Sox) and Grand Rapids
(West Michigan Whitecaps) areas also draw very well.

        In the lower levels of minor league hockey, Ontario, CA averaged 6,309 per game, and Wichita averaged
6,249. Stockton, CA averaged 5,916. Attendance for Stockton’s Minor League Baseball team has doubled since
2005. But the attendance leaders once again were the Fort Wayne Komets who drew an average of 7,770 per game.
                 th
This was the 10 straight year the Komets topped 7,000 per game, and they’ve reached that figure 15 times in the last
21 years. Fort Wayne is very successful at the gate in Minor League Baseball as well. The Tincaps of the Midwest
League drew 396,531 in 2012, an average of 5,747 per date. They topped 400,000 in 2010.

       Bakersfield of the ECHL is one of minor league hockey’s best draws. They averaged better than 5,000 per
game for 7 straight years through 2010-11, and drew just under that in 2011-12. But the Blaze, that city’s Minor
League Baseball team, averaged just 572 per date in 2011, and 637 per date in 2012, the lowest average among all
NAPBL teams. A new ballpark is expected in Bakersfield by 2014.
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MINORS TO MAJORS–MINOR LEAGUE ATTENDANCE IN CITIES THAT LATER JOINED THE MAJOR LEAGUES

        Until 1953, there were only 10 markets with Major League teams. New York had 3 teams, while Boston,
Philadelphia, Chicago, and St. Louis had 2 teams each. Since then, Major League Baseball has come to 16 more
markets. It arrived and left Montreal, arrived, left, and returned to both Milwaukee and Seattle, and left Washington
after 1971, only to return in 2005.

        All Major League markets added from 1953 on had Minor League teams. Many were among the most
successful teams in attendance in Minor League Baseball. Most of the Minor League teams that were replaced by
Major League teams were in Class AAA. But a few, such as those in Florida, were in lower classifications.

        The table below lists the highest level Minor League teams that were replaced by teams in the Majors. It
shows the record-high listed attendance for those Minor League teams, and also lists the years for which attendance
data was available. In some of these markets, there were other Minor League teams in lower classifications. For
many years, the New York market had 2 Class AAA teams, as well as 3 Major League teams, and so it has been
added to this list.

        Most of the markets listed below currently have Minor League teams in them.

                            Year     Top Former Leading          Record-High      Year of   Years of Available
Major League               Joined    Minor League Team(s)         Recorded        Record    Attendance Data
Team/Market                Majors    in Market                   Attendance        High     for That Team
Arizona (Phoenix)           1998     Phoenix Firebirds             315,859         1994     1947-1997
Atlanta                     1966     Atlanta Crackers              404,584         1947     1903, 1913, 1915-1965
Baltimore                   1954     Baltimore Orioles             620,726         1946     1921-1953
Colorado (Denver)           1993     Denver Bears                  565,214         1980     1902-04, 13, 23-29, 47-92
Dallas-Ft. W. (Texas)       1972     Dallas Eagles                 404,851         1949     1922-1958
            “                        Fort Worth Cats               354,288         1948     1922-1959
            “                        Dallas-Fort Worth Spurs       329,294         1965     1960-1971

Houston                     1962     Houston Buffalos               401,383        1948     1922-1961
Kansas City                 1955     Kansas City Blues              425,064        1923     1903, 1908-1954
Los Angeles                 1958     Los Angeles Angels             622,485        1947     1919-1957
          “                          Hollywood Stars                513,056        1946     1926-1957
          “                          Vernon Tigers                  353,209        1924     1919-1925

Miami                       1993     Miami Marlins                  288,582        1956     1947-1991
           “                         Ft. Lauderdale Yankees         111,907        1992     1947-1993
           “                         Miami Beach Flamingos           90,682        1949     1947-1954
Milwaukee                 1953, 70   Milwaukee Brewers              365,473        1927     1903-1952
Minnesota (Mpls.-           1961     Minneapolis Millers            318,326        1956     1903-1960
St.P.)
           “                         St. Paul Saints                352,911        1949     1903-1960

Montreal                    1969     Montreal Royals                477,638        1948     1928-1960
New York                             Newark Bears                   342,001        1932     1921-1949
          “                          Jersey City Giants             378,325        1939     1921-1950
San Diego                   1969     San Diego Padres               493,780        1949     1936-1968
San Francisco-              1958     San Francisco Seals            670,563        1946     1919-1957
Oakland
          “                          Oakland Oaks                   634,311        1946     1919-1955
          “                          Mission Bears                  299,670        1926     1926-1937

Seattle                   1969, 77   Seattle Rainiers               548,308        1947     1919-1968, 1972-1976
Tampa Bay (St. Pete.)       1998     Tampa Yankees                  149,191        1997     1928, 1947-Present
         “                           St. Petersbg. Cardinals        202,283        1989     1947-2000
Toronto                     1977     Toronto Maple Leafs            446,040        1952     1920-1967

SOURCE OF ATTENDANCE DATA: Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball
2012 MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ATTENDANCE                                                                    Page 73

A LOOK BACK AT THE BOOM, DECLINE, AND REBIRTH OF MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

         Minor League Baseball enjoyed a huge post-World War II attendance boom. But then there was a big decline
in the number of teams and leagues, along with attendance, that lasted through the 1960’s.

         This section takes a look back at 1949, when total Minor League attendance reached levels that would not be
seen again until a half-century later. It also examines 1961 and 1962, when Minor League attendance fell below 10
million, and for many of the leagues still operating then, survival was not assured.

         There are tables listing 1949, 1961, and 1962 Minor League attendance by league and by classification. The
number of teams in every league, and the average attendance per team in each league, is also included. The team
with the highest attendance in every league, and the team with the lowest attendance in every league, is listed.

        The old classification system of Class B, C, and D leagues was still in use in 1949, 1961, and 1962. In 1963,
most surviving leagues from those classifications became full-season Class A, short-season Class A, and Rookie
Leagues. There were no short-season leagues in 1949. The Pacific Coast League played a 188 game schedule,
and other Class AAA, and AA leagues played 154 games. Class B leagues generally played between 140-154
games, Class C leagues played 124-150 games, and most Class D leagues played 120-140 games.

       Major League teams had many more Minor League affiliates over 60 years ago. In 1950, the Brooklyn
Dodgers had 22 Minor League teams, while the St. Louis Cardinals had 21. The Giants, Yankees, Athletics, Indians,
and Cubs each had at least 15 affiliates. Today, most Major League teams have 7 or 8 Minor League affiliates.

          Data in this section comes from the 1950 and 1962 editions of The Sporting News Official Baseball Guide.
These books were downloaded from the archive.org Website, which obtained them from the University of Florida
library. The books were donated to the University by Red Barber, a UF alumnus, who along with Mel Allen, was the
first broadcaster inducted into the Baseball Hall-of-Fame. 1962 attendance data is from the Encyclopedia of Minor
League Baseball – Third Edition.


1949 – WHEN MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SET A RECORD THAT LASTED DECADES

        Professional baseball attendance was at an all-time high in the late 1940’s. Major League attendance
reached 20,920,842 in 1948. This was up from just 8,772,746 in 1944. The 1948 total would not be topped until
1962, when there were 4 more Major League teams. The 1948 average attendance per MLB team was 1,307,553.
That average figure was not surpassed until 1977. In 1949, Major League attendance was 20,215,365.

         There were other leagues that were not part of ‘Organized’ baseball in 1949, and whose statistics were not
reported in The Sporting News Guide. What were called the ‘Negro Leagues’ were still in operation, as this was just
two years after Jackie Robinson and Larry Doby integrated the Major Leagues. Attendance for the Negro Leagues is
not available, but many of their teams drew well until the late 1940’s. These teams featured players who would have
been Major League stars, had they been allowed to play there. Also operating in 1949 was an independent Mexican
League, which did not join Organized Baseball until 1955. Attendance figures from that league are also not available.

         Minor League total regular season attendance reached 39,640,443 in 1949, according to Minor League
Baseball. The 1950 Sporting News Baseball Guide reports a regular season total of 39,684,550. Post-season 1949
Minor League attendance was 2,083,394. The NAPBL affiliated leagues did not top the 1949 regular season record
until 2004. The combined NAPBL-Independent league total surpassed the 1949 record in 1999.

        In 1949, there were 448 teams in the 59 leagues that compiled attendance. 47 of those leagues had 8 teams,
and the other 12 leagues had 6 teams each. In 2012, there were 15 NAPBL leagues that charged admission to their
games. Those leagues had 176 teams. The Pacific Coast, Mexican, and Midwest Leagues had 16 teams each.
7 independent leagues operated, and 55 of their teams reported 2012 attendance. Among the 1949 leagues still
operating is the P.O.N.Y. (Pennsylvania, Ontario, New York) League, now named the New York-Penn League.

         The Pacific Coast League, then thought to be almost as good as the Majors, had the highest attendance in the
Minors. In 1949, the 8 team league drew 3,751,929, an average of 468,991 per team. This average per team
compares with the 424,760 per team that the 16 team P.C.L. averaged in 2012, when it played a 144 game schedule.
6 of the 8 teams in the league in 1949 played in markets that later joined the Major Leagues.
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1949 – WHEN MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SET A RECORD THAT LASTED DECADES

        The other Class AAA leagues drew considerably less than the P.C.L., but still averaged better than 250,000
per team. The overall Class AAA average per team of 336,625 compares with a 443,358 average in 2012.

        There were only 2 Class AA leagues. Both the Southern Association and the Texas League averaged more
than 240,000 per team. In 2012, the 3 Class AA leagues averaged 292,632 per team.

        Among the 4 Class A leagues, the Western League had the most success at the gate, averaging 227,309 per
team, with all 6 teams topping 100,000. Denver led that league, drawing 463,039, which would remain as the highest
attendance by a Class A team until 1994, when it was topped by West Michigan of the Midwest League.

        Class B, C, and D leagues had much lower attendance. For a team to draw 100,000 in those leagues was
exceptionally good. Some teams outside of the United States did well. Havana, Cuba topped all Class B teams,
drawing 226,293. Quebec City led all Class C teams with attendance of 176,779. Just 5 of 190 teams, playing in the
25 Class D leagues, reached 100,000, with the highest figure of 137,340 at Hamilton, Ontario.


INDIVIDUAL TEAMS

       The San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League drew 670,563 in 1946. That single season Minor
League attendance record was not broken until 1983 when Louisville topped one million.

        There were 13 teams that topped 400,000 in attendance in 1949. This included 7 of the 8 teams in the Pacific
Coast League. Seattle of that league had the highest Minor League attendance with 545,434. 5 other teams drew at
least 300,000, and there were 18 teams with attendance between 200,000 and 300,000. In 2012, there were 24
NAPBL teams, and one independent team, that topped 400,000. An additional 31 NAPBL and 3 independent teams
drew between 300,000 and 400,000 in 2012.

         Major League Baseball only had 16 teams, located in 10 different markets in 1949. Quite a few cities that had
Minor League teams in 1949 later joined the Majors. Listed below is the 1949 attendance for Minor League teams
located in, or very close to, cities that later had Major League teams.

Team            Attendance              Team             Attendance              Team            Attendance

Seattle          545,434                Oakland           534,711                Hollywood, CA     502,445
San Diego        493,780                Montreal          473,798                Denver            463,039
San Francisco    447,022                Dallas            404,851                Los Angeles       402,089
Atlanta          370,361                Toronto           364,962                St. Paul          352,911

Milwaukee        266,061                Fort Worth        265,982                Houston         263,965
Minneapolis      247,637                Kansas City       216,754                Baltimore       203,823
Miami            170,466                Phoenix           126,347                St. Petersburg 108,397
Tampa            105,949                Miami Beach        90,682                Fort Lauderdale 66,544

        In addition to the cities listed above, there were 2 Class AAA teams in the New York City area. Newark drew
88,170, the lowest attendance in Class AAA, and Jersey City’s attendance was 174,314.


INTO THE 1950’S

        Television cut into Major League attendance starting in 1949. By 1953, MLB attendance had fallen to
14,383,797, before team relocations helped it begin a gradual climb.

         But the Minor Leagues were not that fortunate. Televised Major League games, and just television in general,
along with easier access to Major League ballparks, home air conditioning, and rundown Minor League ballparks,
drastically reduced attendance. In 1954, total Minor League attendance was 18,674,503, which was less than half of
the 1949 total. 7 years later, that 1954 total was cut in half. By the early 1960’s, more than two thirds of the cities
that hosted a Minor League team in 1949 no longer had one.
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                              1949 MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ATTENDANCE

League                Attendance # Teams   Avg./Team    Highest/Team     Attendance   Lowest/Team     Attendance

American Assoc.        2,004,270    8        250,534 | Indianapolis        413,973 | Toledo             108,712
International          2,322,801    8        290,350 | Montreal            473,798 | Newark, NJ          88,170
Pacific Coast          3,751,929    8        468,991 | Seattle             545,434 | Portland, OR       378,892
                                                     |                             |
Class AAA Total        8,079,000   24        336,625 |                             |
                                                     |                             |
Southern Assoc.        1,947,573    8        243,447 | Birmingham          421,305 | Mobile             152,117
Texas                  2,007,927    8        250,991 | Dallas              404,851 | Beaumont           116,264
                                                     |                             |
Class AA Total         3,955,500   16        247,219 |                             |
                                                     |                             |
Central                  557,798    6         92,966 | Charleston,WV       183,352 | Muskegon            46,560
Eastern                1,016,789    8        127,099 | Albany, NY          198,256 | Utica               72,689
South Atlantic           988,088    8        123,511 | Macon               212,416 | Charleston, SC      94,816
Western                1,363,854    6        227,309 | Denver              463,039 | Sioux City, IA     125,356
                                                     |                             |
Class A Total          3,926,529   28        140,233 |                             |
                                                     |                             |
Big State               784,082     8         98,010 | Austin              188,193 | Greenville          58,500
Carolina                789,539     8         98,692 | Winston-Salem       153,110 | Martinsville        32,489
Colonial                225,097     6         37,516 | Bristol, CT          62,485 | Poughkeepsie        25,123
Florida Internat'l      899,571     8        112,446 | Havana, Cuba        226,293 | Lakeland            50,108
Inter-State             585,053     8         73,132 | Allentown, PA       100,788 | Hagerstown          34,762
New England             362,002     8         45,250 | Springfield, MA     102,387 | Providence           7,305
                                                     |                             |
Piedmont                804,390     6        134,065 | Richmond            177,354 | Newport News       101,708
Southeastern            563,586     8         70,448 | Jackson             129,140 | Anniston            40,640
Three I                 782,910     8         97,864 | Waterloo            146,421 | Springfield         48,952
Tri-State               722,914     8         90,364 | Spartanburg         128,490 | Sumter              55,309
Western Int'l           793,996     8         99,250 | Spokane             186,648 | Bremerton           35,440
                                                     |                             |
Class B Total          7,313,140   84         87,061 |                             |
                                                     |                             |
Arizona-Texas           494,208     6         82,368 | Phoenix             126,347 | Tucson              53,771
Border                  359,916     6         59,986 | Ottawa               78,577 | Kingston, ONT       38,671
California              789,940     8         98,743 | Fresno              145,946 | Ventura             53,071
Canadian-American       696,726     8         87,091 | Quebec City         176,779 | Rome, NY            40,331
Central Association     265,581     6         44,264 | Cedar Rapids         84,185 | Rockford            19,304
                                                     |                             |
Cotton States           437,383     8         54,673 | Pine Bluff           82,442 | Helena              34,468
East Texas              423,790     8         52,974 | Paris                66,509 | Henderson           34,500
Evangeline              545,121     8         68,140 | Alexandria          107,597 | Abbeville           48,780
Middle Atlantic         471,811     8         58,976 | Johnstown, PA       105,776 | New Castle          28,233
Northern                661,111     8         82,639 | Duluth              107,548 | Grand Forks         49,757
                                                     |                             |
Pioneer                 830,395     8        103,799 | Billings            174,080 | Idaho Falls         41,195
Sunset                  367,899     8         45,987 | Porterville          66,280 | Riverside           32,450
Western Assoc.          606,340     8         75,793 | St. Joseph          126,301 | Leavenworth         33,132
W.Texas-New Mex         674,465     8         84,308 | Amarillo            111,487 | Clovis              47,697
                                                     |                             |
Class C Total          7,624,686   106        71,931 |                             |
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                                 1949 MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ATTENDANCE

League                  Attendance # Teams       Avg./Team        Highest/Team     Attendance       Lowest/Team      Attendance

Alabama State              219,910      8            27,489   |   Andalusia           39,958    |   Troy                18,323
Appalachian                390,768      8            48,846   |   Bluefield          116,572    |   Kingsport           23,967
Blue Ridge                 171,557      6            28,593   |   Mount Airy          36,230    |   Wytheville          19,753
Coastal Plain              566,873      8            70,859   |   Kinston             88,814    |   Tarboro             41,212
Eastern Shore              195,164      6            32,527   |   Salisbury           39,063    |   Rehoboth Bch.       22,358
                                                              |                                 |
Far West                   222,842       8           27,855   |   Klamath Falls        58,474   |   Vallejo              5,999
Florida State              453,707       8           56,713   |   Gainesville          84,718   |   Orlando             42,425
Georgia-Alabama            379,263       8           47,408   |   LaGrange             59,952   |   Carrollton          36,029
Georgia-Florida            406,875       8           50,859   |   Albany, GA           93,096   |   Moultrie            28,911
Georgia State              351,881       8           43,985   |   Dublin               62,049   |   Baxley              29,257
                                                              |                                 |
K-O-M                      359,078       8           44,885   |   Ponca City           62,082   |   Miami               32,887
Kitty                      293,048       8           36,631   |   Owensboro            67,700   |   Mayfield            23,244
Longhorn                   426,863       8           53,358   |   San Angelo           83,245   |   Sweetwater          33,770
Missouri-Ohio Val.         203,064       6           33,844   |   Paducah              54,859   |   Belleville          13,500
Mountain State             229,726       8           28,716   |   Harlan               49,615   |   Newport             14,148
                                                              |                                 |
North Atlantic             242,021       8           30,253   |   Stroudsburg         39,890    |   Nazareth            17,716
North Carolina St.         346,386       8           43,298   |   Hi Point            95,792    |   Landis              24,806
Ohio - Indiana             430,790       8           53,849   |   Springfield         67,568    |   Lima                31,298
P.O.N.Y.                   602,273       8           75,284   |   Hamilton,ONT       137,340    |   Oleon               40,264
Rio Grande Valley          271,139       6           45,190   |   Corpus Christi      97,192    |   Robstown            19,753
                                                              |                                 |
Sooner State               369,439       8           46,180   |   Pauls Valley        61,085    |   Seminole            33,258
Tobacco State              353,844       8           44,231   |   Lumberton           60,038    |   Red Springs         33,303
Virginia                   269,313       6           44,886   |   Petersburg          76,000    |   Lawrenceville       29,000
Western Carolina           401,365       8           50,171   |   Newton              82,481    |   Hendersonville      21,235
Wisconsin State            628,506       8           78,563   |   Oshkosh            115,956    |   Wisconsin Rap       52,828
                                                              |                                 |
Class D Total            8,785,695     190           46,241   |                                 |
                                                              |                                 |
GRAND TOTAL             39,684,550     448           88,582   |                                 |

NOTE: 'Highest/Team' and 'Lowest/Team' indicate teams in that league with the highest and lowest attendance

SOURCE FOR THIS TABLE: 1950 Sporting News Official Baseball Guide
2012 MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ATTENDANCE                                                                   Page 77

1961 AND 1962 – MINOR LEAGUE ATTENDANCE HITS BOTTOM

        By 1961, the number of leagues was down to 22 with just 147 teams. Both the number of teams and leagues
continued to fall through the early 1960’s. The Southern Association had its last year in 1961, as did the Sophomore
League (named the Longhorn League in 1949), and the Three I (Illinois, Iowa, Indiana) League. A new, short-lived
Georgia-Florida League began in 1962. All 1961 leagues had 6 or 8 teams, with the exception of the Florida State
League, which had 7. Two leagues in Mexico were now part of the NAPBL. By 1962, only 134 teams operated.
The Midwest League had 10 teams that year, but the Western Carolina and Georgia-Florida Leagues had just 4
teams. Some of what had been the best-drawing markets in the Minors now had Major League teams.

         Total attendance in 1961 was just 9,766,505, an average of 66,439 per team, the lowest average per team
since at least the 1930’s. Post-season attendance was 208,729. The lowest total was reached in 1962, when
attendance fell to 9,732,582, but because there were fewer teams, the average per team rose to 72,631.

        In 1961 and 1962, some leagues played shorter schedules than in 1949, but still longer than they play today.
The Class AAA leagues played 154 games in 1961, while the Class AA leagues had 136, 140 or 154 game schedules.
Class A leagues had 140 game schedules, while the Class B and C leagues played 128-140 games. Most Class D
leagues played 120-140 games. The Western Carolinas League had a 104 game schedule, and the Appalachian
League was the Minors’ first short-season league, playing 68 games.

         In 1961, the Pacific Coast League had the highest attendance, just as it did in 1949. The International
League had the best total attendance in 1962. In each of those years, the Mexican League was the only league
whose average attendance per team surpassed 200,000. The 3 Class AAA leagues were the only others to average
at least 100,000 per team in both 1961 and 1962. Texas League teams averaged 100,000+ in 1962. Average
attendance per team was under 60,000 in all Class B, C, and D Leagues in both seasons. In 1961, the average Class
AAA, AA, and A team drew less than half of what it drew in 1949.


INDIVIDUAL TEAMS

       In 1961, Baltimore, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Minneapolis-St. Paul, San Francisco-Oakland, and Los Angeles,
which had been Minor League markets in 1949, had Major League teams. Houston joined the Majors in 1962.

        The Mexico City Reds led the Minors in attendance in 1961, drawing 285,301, and in 1962, with a total of
349,753. That team frequently had the best Minor League attendance in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Buffalo had the
highest attendance among U.S. teams in 1961, with a total of 259,724. By 1969, Buffalo’s attendance was down to
77,808, and the team moved to Winnipeg in the middle of the 1970 season. But the Bisons were back in Western
New York in 1979. They opened a new ballpark in 1988, and became the biggest draw in Minor League history,
surpassing one million for 6 years in a row. The Bisons have topped 500,000 for 25 straight years through 2012.

        Just 6 other teams, besides the Mexico City Reds, and Buffalo reached 200,000 in 1961. Veracruz, Poza
Rica, and the Mexico City Tigers of the Mexican League did it, along with Rochester, Tacoma, and Vancouver.

        Class AA Tulsa, Little Rock, Birmingham, Chattanooga, and Class A Greenville were the only U.S. teams
below the Class AAA level to reach 100,000 in 1961. None of the 91 Class B, C or D teams drew at least 100,000,
and just 18 of these teams topped 50,000.

       In 1962, Rochester topped all U.S./Canadian teams with a total attendance of 272,178. Jacksonville, Buffalo,
and San Diego, along with the Mexico City Red Devils, Mexico City Tigers, Monterrey, and Poza Rica of the Mexican
League, were the other teams to surpass 200,000.

        El Paso, Tulsa, Albuquerque, and San Antonio of the Class AA Texas League surpassed 100,000 in 1962.
Class A Macon, and Class B Kinston, were the only other teams below the Class AA level to reach 100,000.
Just 22 of the 86 Class B, C, and D teams topped 50,000.

         In 1963, the Minor Leagues were reorganized into the system still used today. The Eastern and South
Atlantic Leagues became Class AA leagues. Class B,C, and D leagues, with one exception, became Class A
leagues. That exception was the Appalachian League, which was placed in a new classification called ‘Rookie’
League. A year later, the Pioneer League was given a ‘Rookie’ classification.
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                                 1961 MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ATTENDANCE

League                  Attendance    # Teams    Avg./Team      Highest/Team      Attendance      Lowest/Team   Attendance

American Assoc.            788,704           6      131,451 | Indianapolis           179,423 | Dallas-Ft.Wor.     105,933
International            1,244,631           8      155,579 | Buffalo                259,724 | San Juan, PR        28,543
Pacific Coast            1,349,810           8      168,726 | Tacoma                 243,790 | Salt Lake City     106,454
                                                            |                                |
Class AAA Total          3,383,145          22      153,779 |                                |
                                                            |                                |
Mexican                  1,245,923           6      207,654 | Mex City Reds          285,301 | Monterrey          152,776
Southern                   647,801           8       80,975 | Little Rock            136,316 | Shreveport          28,349
Texas                      468,181           6       78,030 | Tulsa                  130,443 | Rio Grande          43,184
                                                            |                                |
Class AA Total           2,361,905          20      118,095 |                                |
                                                            |                                |
Eastern                    382,132           6       63,689 | Williamsport            79,183 | Lancaster, PA       51,311
South Atlantic             492,490           8       61,561 | Greenville             100,168 | Jacksonville        25,156
                                                            |                                |
Class A Total              874,622          14       62,473 |                                |
                                                            |                                |
Carolina                   261,266           6       43,544 | Winston-Salem           70,236 | Raleigh             26,480
Northwest                  287,312           6       47,885 | Salem                   72,703 | Wenatchee           31,338
Three I                    286,554           6       47,759 | Cedar Rapids            69,617 | Des Moines          33,337
                                                            |                                |
Class B Total              835,132          18       46,396 |                                |
                                                            |                                |
California                 171,503           6       28,584 | Bakersfield             45,992 | Stockton            11,660
Mexican Center             193,040           6       32,173 | S. Luis Potosi          61,274 | Celaya              15,904
Northern                   207,325           6       34,554 | Duluth-Superior         47,163 | St. Cloud           24,320
Pioneer                    260,896           6       43,483 | Magic Valley            61,405 | Idaho Falls         29,576
                                                            |                                |
Class C Total              832,764          24       34,699 |                                |
                                                            |                                |
Alabama - Florida          138,086           6       23,014 | Pensacola               46,993 | Dothan               7,963
Appalachian                151,261           8       18,908 | Salem                   34,125 | Morristown          11,772
Florida State              190,852           7       27,265 | St. Petersburg          53,330 | Leesburg            10,605
Midwest                    415,961           8       51,995 | Davenport               74,617 | Keokuk              25,064
New York-Penn              271,098           8       33,887 | Jamestown               65,402 | Wellsville          17,385
                                                            |                                |
Sophomore                  179,447           6       29,908 | El Paso                 79,115 | Alpine               9,392
Western Carolina           132,202           6       22,034 | Statesville             34,954 | Belmont             10,081
                                                            |                                |
Class D Total            1,478,907          49       30,182 |                                |
                                                            |                                |
GRAND TOTAL              9,766,475         147       66,439 |                                |

NOTE: 'Highest/Team' and 'Lowest/Team' indicate teams in that league with the highest and lowest attendance

SOURCE FOR THIS TABLE: 1962 Sporting News Official Baseball Guide
                                                                                                                     Page 79

                                 1962 MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ATTENDANCE

League                  Attendance   # Teams     Avg./Team      Highest/Team      Attendance      Lowest/Team        Attendance

American Assoc.            765,358           6      127,560 | Oklahoma City          184,683 | Louisville               70,550
International            1,473,596           8      184,200 | Rochester              272,178 | Richmond                101,853
Pacific Coast            1,055,745           8      131,968 | San Diego              211,514 | Spokane                  80,519
                                                            |                                |
Class AAA Total          3,294,699          22      149,759 |                                |
                                                            |                                |
Mexican                  1,423,013           6      237,169 | Mex City Reds          349,753 | Puebla                  127,985
Texas                      661,445           6      110,241 | Tulsa                  182,895 | Austin                   41,057
                                                            |                                |
Class AA Total           2,084,458          12      173,705 |                                |
                                                            |                                |
Eastern                    422,222           6       70,370 | Elmira                  83,328 | Charleston,WV            53,935
South Atlantic             520,066           8       65,008 | Macon                  100,297 | Augusta, GA              39,476
                                                            |                                |
Class A Total              942,288          14       67,306 |                                |
                                                            |                                |
Carolina                   479,522           8       59,940 | Kinston                141,227 | Raleigh                  29,552
Northwest                  279,124           6       46,521 | Tri-City                68,399 | Yakima                   35,059
                                                            |                                |
Class B Total              758,646          14       54,189 |                                |
                                                            |                                |
California                 279,583           8       34,948 | San Jose                62,695 | Reno                     22,819
Mexican Center             283,939           6       47,323 | S. Luis Potosi          68,624 | Aguascalientes           35,794
Northern                   320,051           8       40,006 | Winnipeg                83,645 | Eau Claire               20,906
Pioneer                    196,789           6       32,798 | Magic Valley            49,297 | Pocatello                16,092
                                                            |                                |
Class C Total            1,080,362          28       38,584 |                                |
                                                            |                                |
Alabama - Florida          112,403           6       18,734 | Pensacola               25,201 | Ozark/Andalus            15,183
Appalachian                136,021           6       22,670 | Salem                   40,913 | Middlesboro              14,523
Florida State              389,937           8       48,742 | Miami                   90,887 | Palatka                  28,037
Midwest                    533,079          10       53,308 | Quad Cities             75,568 | Keokuk                   28,787
New York-Penn              208,749           6       34,792 | Jamestown               68,632 | Olean                    11,104
                                                            |                                |
Georgia-Florida             92,875           4       23,219 | Brunswick               36,123 | Moultrie                 18,560
Western Carolina            77,379           4       19,345 | Statesville             28,723 | Newton-Con.              10,452
                                                            |                                |
Class D Total            1,550,443          44       35,237 |                                |
                                                            |                                |
GRAND TOTAL              9,710,896        134        72,469 |                                |

NOTES: 'Highest/Team' and 'Lowest/Team' indicate teams in that league with the highest and lowest attendance
      NAPBL Minor League Baseball reported a total attendance of 9,732,582 in 1962.

SOURCE FOR THIS TABLE: Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball - Third Edition


ATTENDANCE FOR OTHER LEAGUES IN 1962

MLB: 21,375,215 in 1962, averaging 14,958 per date. 2012 total attendance was 74,859,268, average 30,895 per date.

NFL: 4,003,421 (40,051 average per game); AFL 1,147,302 (20,487 average); Combined NFL/AFL 5,150,723 (33,446 average).
2011 NFL attendance was 16,562,706, an average of 64,698 per game.

NBA: 1,433,878 in 1961-62 (4,566 per date). 2011-12 attendance was 17,101,051, an average of 17,274 per game.
NHL: 2,435,424 in 1961-62 (11,597 per game). 2011-12 attendance was 21,468,121, an average of 17,454 per game.
2012 MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ATTENDANCE                                                                      Page 80

A RESURGENCE IN MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

       With low attendance, and many rundown ballparks in the early 1960’s, it was thought that much of Minor
League Baseball would soon be gone. The Class AAA and perhaps the Class AA leagues would survive. However
many baseball people believed that college baseball would replace the lower level leagues as feeders to the Majors.

        But in the 1970’s, Minor League Baseball attendance began a steady increase. Part of it was that more
teams were needed due to Major League expansion. Then, starting in the late 1980’s, better marketing, and new
ballparks led to the attendance boom that continues today. Independent leagues started play in 1993, adding to the
number of teams. Previous sections of this report have more details about this.

        Even the availability of more Major League games than ever on television, in high-definition color, for that
matter, has not stopped the growth of Minor League Baseball. Total attendance is more than 5 times what it was in
the 1960’s, and NAPBL attendance per team is up better than 3 fold. For what was once seen as a dying industry,
Minor League Baseball seems to have a very bright future.



A FEW QUICK NOTES ON COLLEGE BASEBALL

         The NCAA does not list total attendance for all of college baseball. But they publish a list of annual leaders.
Louisiana State has led the NCAA in attendance for 17 straight years. In 2012, they drew 404,180 for the regular
season, averaging 10,636 per date. If post-season play is included, their total attendance was a record-high 472,391,
and a record-high average per date of 10,736. The regular-season record average per date is 10,673 by LSU in
2010. LSU, Arkansas, Texas, South Carolina, and Mississippi each finished in the top 5 in average attendance per
date in 2012, 2011 and 2010.

         In addition to NCAA play in the spring, there are numerous summer college baseball leagues. These leagues
are not affiliated with any school or athletic conference. Their players are amateurs, but these leagues operate in a
similar way to the pro minor leagues. They use wood bats, and some leagues charge admission to games, and keep
attendance figures. Many of the cities with teams in these leagues once hosted professional Minor League teams.

        In 2012, attendance data was available for 15 of these leagues. The most successful one, in terms of
attendance is the 16 team Northwoods League. That league’s 2012 total attendance was 932,245, an average of
1,707 per date. Madison, WI from that league had the best attendance of any collegiate summer league team,
drawing a total of 217,143, an average of 6,204 per date. Altogether, the 153 teams in the 15 leagues that compiled
attendance data drew a total of 3,364,786, an average of 962 per date. Source: Ballpark Digest



SOME CONCLUDING “JUST FOR THE FUN OF IT” STATS

        The all-time high NAPBL Minor League total regular season attendance is 43,263,740 in 2008. Just how
much higher than that could it possibly go? Relocated teams, more new ballparks, expansion, a sound economy,
and a year with unusually good weather, could easily result in a new record-high attendance.

        Yogi Berra once said, “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” Estimating future
attendance records is, at best, an educated guess. But just for fun, based on the 2012 roster of NAPBL leagues
and teams, here are a couple of totally unscientific estimates of potential attendance:

        If each of the 15 NAPBL Minor Leagues drew its current all-time high attendance in the same season, total
attendance would be 46,234,231. The odds of each league drawing its record-high attendance in the same year are
quite small. But that total is only 6.9% above the current record-high, and is certainly reachable, even fairly soon.

        Taking this a step further, if each of the 176 NAPBL Minor League teams drew its current all-time high
attendance in the same season, total attendance would be 55,726,858. This figure is very unlikely to be reached any
time soon. Now if you really want to tackle an interesting math question, figure out what’s the probability of all 176
teams setting a new record-high attendance in the same season. It might help to know that 8 of these 176 teams set
a record-high in 2012. Solving this math question is way beyond the ability of the author of this report.

				
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